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Lions Trade Safety Quandre Diggs

The Seattle Seahawks addressed depth concerns in the defensive backfield by acquiring Quandre Diggs from the Detroit Lions on Tuesday in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick.

Los Angeles Rams v Detroit Lions
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02: Robert Woods #17 of the Los Angeles Rams runs for yardage against Quandre Diggs #28 of the Detroit Lions during the first half at Ford Field on December 2, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Seattle has major depth worries at safety after Bradley McDougald and Lano Hill missed Sunday's loss to Baltimore with injuries. Hill is expected to be out a few weeks with an elbow injury, while Seattle is hoping McDougald will return soon after being sidelined by back spasms.

Diggs will add some needed versatility. He can play free safety and nickel and could be an option after free safety Tedric Thompson has struggled in coverage at times this season. Seattle coach Pete Carroll has been critical of some big plays given up by Thompson, including a 50-yard pass in the loss to the Ravens.

Detroit Lions v Chicago Bears
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 11: Anthony Miller #17 of the Chicago Bears loses his helmet while being tackled by Quandre Diggs #28 and Christian Jones #52 of the Detroit Lions in the first quarter at Soldier Field on November 11, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

"Well, we made a big mistake early. Gave them a freebie down the field. That's just distasteful," Carroll said. "I hate that we gave them that because there's no way that should've happened."

Seattle also received a seventh-round pick in 2021 as part of the trade.

Diggs started 40 games in four-plus seasons with the Lions. He was a sixth-round pick by Detroit in 2015 and developed into a capable starter. He has started the past 26 games he played in for the Lions and had three interceptions in both 2017 and 2018.

Los Angeles Chargers v Detroit Lions
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 15: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers is knocked out of bounds by Quandre Diggs #28 of the Detroit Lions during a fourth quarter run at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 13-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Also Tuesday, the Lions announced they were putting second-year running back Kerryon Johnson on injured reserve. Johnson left Sunday's loss to Minnesota with a knee injury.

Johnson was impressive as a rookie last year, bringing a much-needed boost to Detroit's running game, but he went on injured reserve with knee problems then as well.

Los Angeles Chargers v Detroit Lions
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Kerryon Johnson #33 of the Detroit Lions scores on a 36-yard pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 (not in photo) during the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Johnson had 308 yards rushing and two TDs in the first seven games of the season.

"You know how much we value Kerryon and what a great part of our offense and our team he is, and he is still here and he's still part of all of that, certainly," Lions coach Matt Patricia said. "On the field, we'll push forward as normal and we think that we get good production with Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic, and we think those guys are ready to step into roles."

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