Bob Quinn: No Regrets Trading Quandre Diggs

The Lions gambled, and it didn't pan out.

Will Burchfield
December 31, 2019 - 10:36 am
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Bob Quinn and the Lions invited all kinds of scrutiny when they traded starting safety and co-captain Quandre Diggs in October. And the scrutiny increased with each of Diggs' three interceptions in his five games with the Seahawks. 

Diggs looked reborn in Seattle, gaining effusive praise from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. And Detroit's secondary continued to struggle in his absence, not that it was anything to brag about to start the year. 

So Quinn was asked Monday at his presser to wrap up the season if he regrets the trade. 

"No," he said. 

The Lions got a fifth-round pick in exchange for Diggs, who, in their estimation, wasn't the same player or leader in 2019 that he'd become. Matt Patricia said it was the best move for the team "in the long run" at the time of the trade, something Quinn echoed on Monday. 

Detroit leaned on the trio of Tracy Walker, Tavon Wilson and rookie Will Harris to fill Diggs' shoes. It was a gamble that didn't pan out, although it didn't help that Walker suffered an ankle injury the week after the trade. 

"I thought it was the best thing for the football team at the time," Quinn said. "Going back, it was something we felt good with Will Harris stepping in there and playing. Unfortunately, the week after that Tracy got hurt. It was kind of a tough week or two when you make that trade and then a guy that you’re really counting on to take that leadership role gets hurt and misses a couple of weeks."

The trade wasn't popular in the Lions' locker room, least of all with Darius Slay. And Slay was soon in trade rumors himself, rumors that will surely resurface this offseason. 

It was believed the Eagles, among other teams, made a push for Slay at the deadline, but Quinn downplayed those talks. Asked how serious the discussions were, he said, "Not very serious at all. Nope."

Beyond that, Quinn wouldn't comment on Slay's future with the Lions, which remains in limbo heading into 2020.