Report: Mikel Leshoure 'open' to trade from Lions

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Mikel Leshoure reportedly wants a trade out of Detroit.
Mikel Leshoure reportedly wants a trade out of Detroit.(USATSI)

Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best were supposed to be the lightning/thunder combo that drove the Lions backfield for years to come. That all unraveled pretty quickly. Best is gone from the Lions -- and likely the NFL -- with concussion issues and now Leshoure apparently wants out of Detroit.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Leshoure is "open" to a trade out of Detroit now that he has found a spot firmly on the bench behind Reggie Bush -- acquired this offseason in free agency -- and Joique Bell.

Leshoure, a second-round pick in 2011, reportedly wants to land on a team that runs the ball more frequently than the Lions.

This despite averaging 3.7 yards per carry over the course of his NFL career.

Hmm. If only there was a team desperate for bodies who could grind out a couple yards in an offense that wants to be run heavy. If only ...

Leshoure isn't going to solve the Colts' running back issues. Vick Ballard is out for the season but the real issue is an offensive line that isn't built to pile up yards on the ground. The Colts have Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and a talented tight end combo in Coby Fleener/Dwayne Allen.

They would be wise to focus on moving the ball down the field through the air. But if they want to go out and acquire Leshoure, they're more than welcome.

It doesn't appear that his relationship with the Lions is going to work out.

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