The Detroit Lions have arguably been one of the best teams in the NFL over the past month. Winners of three of their last four contests, Detroit has a great shot at winning the wide-open NFC North Division. While Matt Stafford and the Lions offense has been clicking on all cylinders, the defense could use an upgrade or two - and lucky for the Lions one of the best defensive backs in the game wants to find a new team. Early indications are that Detroit may be on his radar. The Lions also rank higher on the Week 8 power rankings.

Peterson wants out of Arizona

Nowadays, when a player wants to be traded, he isn’t shy about saying it. Arizona’s Patrick Peterson is following suit. According to a Detroit Sports Nation report, Peterson is ready, willing and able to trade in his Cardinals gear for something new, and Detroit’s Honolulu Blue and Silver is apparently on that list. NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted out that Peterson wants to be dealt before the October 30 trade deadline. In fact, Schefter said his sources told him that Peterson “desperately” wants out of the desert.

ESPN football guru, Mike Clay, added to Schefter’s tweet, by saying that Peterson would be a great pickup for teams in contention, including the Detroit Lions.

Now, without putting the cart before the horse, no one really knows how bad Peterson wants out of Arizona and which team he would love to join forces with. Adding the 28-year-old Peterson to play opposite side of Darius Slay would arguably give the Lions the best defensive backfield in the NFL.

Now or never

If the Lions do have a shot at trading for Peterson, hopefully, they would execute a deal.

Matt Stafford is in his prime, and he has plenty to work with. Adding an experienced star like Peterson to the defense could really help the Lions elevate their chances of making it to the postseason, right now, instead of years down the road.

Other teams mentioned that would have serious interest in Peterson include the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Peterson has played his entire eight-year career with the Arizona Cardinals. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl every season he has been in the NFL; three times as a starter. One thing is for sure, whoever lands Peterson is going to get a game changer on defense and a possible star punt-returner as well.

While Peterson has only returned one punt in 2018, he still has the ability to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.