On June 6, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reported Lions starting left tackle and 2016 first-round pick Taylor Decker underwent shoulder surgery. Three days later, Ian Rapoport tweeted that Decker would be out 4-6 months and that he could start the season on the PUP list.
Detroit was suddenly in the market for left tackle help.
On June 7, Kouandjio visited the Lions.
Today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Detroit traded a 2018 sixth-round pick for Rams offensive lineman Greg Robinson — who’s been a colossal bust after being the No. 2 overall selection in the 2014 draft. Moments later, ESPN’s Field Yates made mention that the Lions also signed Kouandjio.
While Robinson has the lofty draft status and was acquired via trade, the soon-to-be- 24-year-old Kouandjio is simply the more effective left tackle. If healthy, the former Bills offensive lineman is in line to be Detroit’s starting blindside protector when the 2017 regular season begins.