3 possible destinations for self-described NFL 6th man, Donte Deayon

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LA Rams Free Agency Aubrey Pleasant
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Detroit Lions

Perhaps the optimal roster for DB Donte Deayon is that of the Detroit Lions. There he could reunite with former cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant, who loves toughness and determination in his defensive backs.

That description certainly describes Deayon to a tee and is the main reason why the Lions should add Deayon to their secondary. Even as Lions GM Brad Holmes has restocked the roster to compete more effectively this year, many of the new faces are younger players who are eager to learn and contribute, but who need the guidance of an NFL veteran to navigate the dos and don’ts of performing consistently at the NFL level.

While he won’t start for the Lions either, he can hold the competition in training camp to a higher bar that ensures that rookies will earn their playing time. Deayon is a very passionate, and very competitive, player. Those are two attributes that the Lions’ defense would benefit from immensely.


Defensive back Donte Deayon played a key role in helping the LA Rams get to Super Bowl LVI. Whether it was injury, COVID-19, or simply defensive sub-packages, Donte Deayon was always willing to step up and step into the fray. For the season, he was on the football field for 461 defensive snaps.

Despite not making the team’s active roster until Darious Williams was injured in Week 5, he was a consistent defensive player through the rest of the season.

He will likely not be back. Either his role will be reassigned to David Long Jr., or won by some LA Rams rookie in training camp, I’m not certain. But I hope that Donte Deayon gets signed to a new team soon.  He played for the LA Rams and helped the team win a Super Bowl.  I want him to be back on a team once more.

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