With the Detroit Lions looking for defensive help, GM Bob Quinn has traded for 49ers linebacker Eli Harold.
According to Mlive’s Kyle Meinke, the Lions gave up a conditional seventh-round pick in 2020.
Per league source, #49ers are trading outside linebacker Eli Harold to the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed draft pick.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 23, 2018
The Lions are trading for San Francisco OLB Eli Harold, per source. Giving up a conditional seventh-round pick in 2020 in return
— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) August 23, 2018
The 2015 third round pick started 10 games in San Fransisco last year and finished with 34 tackles and two sacks. In his career, he has five sacks with 85 tackles. The 6-foot-3, 257-pound pass rusher hasn’t quite lived up to his draft projection, but the athleticism is at least there. Maybe a change of scenery and a new scheme will do the trick.
On the last year of his rookie deal, he will also be in a prove-it situation for a little added motivation.
Harold, 24, should play a similar role to Devon Kennard in HC Matt Patricia‘s defense. Considering the Lions are the only team to have no sacks in the preseason, any pass rush help will be welcomed.