Only a couple months removed from trading for a former first-round offensive lineman, the Detroit Lions and GM Bob Quinn are sending away one of their own.
Laken Tomlinson was the 28th overall selection in the 2015 draft. According to multiple reports, he has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2018 fifth-round pick.
Lions are trading OL Laken Tomlinson to the 49ers, sources tell me and @RapSheet. Niners get a former first-round pick.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 31, 2017
Not quite exactly the return on investment that you would like, but Quinn is not going to put up with ex-Lions GM Martin Mayhew‘s mistakes.
As I had mentioned in the offseason, Tomlinson’s value would only continue to rapidly decrease unless he had quick career turnaround. He did not appear to be on track or a proper fit in the Lions offense. This was the right time to trade him– before he had no value left.
Quinn at least received the going rate for a struggling young offensive lineman. The Cleveland Browns recently traded OL Cameron Erving (another 2015 first-round selection) to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2018 first-round pick as well.
Tomlinson started 24 games and played in every one since the Lions drafted him. He was no guarantee to even make this year’s roster.