Lions Trade w/ Jacksonville for WR Dennis Northcutt

The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded wide receiver Dennis Northcutt to the Detroit Lions in exchange for safety Gerald Alexander, according to John Clayton who covers the NFL for ESPN.

Northcutt was informed during the week he was going to be traded. The Lions showed interest but didn’t want to give up a draft choice. Once they talked to the Jaguars, the Lions decided to offer Alexander in a straight player-for-player deal.

The trade was agreed to on Friday and is expected to be finalized next week. The irony of the trade is that Northcutt and Alexander are represented by the same agent, Jerome Stanley, who was surprised to find out Alexander was involved in the trade.

Northcutt was the most productive remaining wide receiver on the Jaguars. Northcutt caught 44 passes for 545 yards last season in Jacksonville.

The 31-year-old Northcutt will be joining his third team. He has previously been with the Cleveland Browns and Jaguars.

Alexander, 24, is entering his third season. He started 16 games in 2007 but only started one game last season.

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2 Responses to “Lions Trade w/ Jacksonville for WR Dennis Northcutt”

  1. kings says:

    ????? Why would we trade a young guy for an old, crappy receiver?

  2. Lionsfan says:

    Mostly because we have a solid defensive core going into the preseason baring camp injuries. Northcutt will most likely be the number 4 WR/or and be more involved in run blocking schemes over actually the Mike Furry kind of WR. Plus remember Alexander didn’t impress in preseason last year and Moronelli never played the kids, so he is still raw and with better DBs we have to develop, the trade is a smart one.