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If Manny Lawson wants too much... Do we let him walk and bring back Julian Peterson???

Maybe I'm a little late on this news, but apparently the Lions are not bringing back Julian Peterson this year.  As for why I have no idea.  Last year was another solid year for JP, racking up 83 ToT, 6 Pass Defenses, and 1 sack.  Certainly not his best year but honestly its better than any Manny Lawson has ever had!  As recently as 06 and 07 in Seattle JP racked up 10 and 9.5 sacks...

Here is some career statistical comparison between the two for perspective

First Manny Lawson

YEAR TEAM G TOT SOLO AST PD SACK FF REC INT YDS TD
2006 SF 16 57 47 10 2 2.5 0 0 1 0 0
2007 SF 2 11 8 3 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 SF 14 45 33 12 3 3.0 1 0 0 0 0
2009 SF 16 68 51 17 2 6.5 3 0 0 0 0
2010 SF 16 59 48 11 6 2.5 2 5 1 0 0
Career 64 240 187 53 14 14.5 6 0 2 0 0

 

Next we'll take a look at Julian Peterson

 

YEAR TEAM G TOT SOLO AST PD SACK FF REC INT YDS TD
2000 SF 13 46 29 17 10 4.0 0 0 2 33 0
2001 SF 14 51 37 14 3 3.0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 SF 16 94 76 18 7 2.0 2 0 1 2 0
2003 SF 16 94 69 25 11 7.0 3 0 2 31 0
2004 SF 5 27 23 4 2 2.5 1 0 0 0 0
2005 SF 15 82 57 25 5 3.0 1 0 0 0 0
2006 SEA 16 89 71 18 6 10.0 1 0 1 -4 0
2007 SEA 16 74 63 11 3 9.5 4 0 2 3 0
2008 SEA 16 86 65 21 5 5.0 4 0 0 0 0
2009 DET 16 76 49 27 4 4.5 5 1 0 0 0
2010 DET 15 83 56 27 5 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 158 802 595 207 61 51.5 21 0 8 65 0

 

To make it as relevant as possible

Let us focus on under-achiever Manny's best season in 09.  Manny made 68 tackles, had 2 PD's, 6.5 sacks and 3 FF's against JP's 2009 season of 76 tackles, 4 PD's, and 4.5 sacks with 5 FF's and 1 recovered.  Unless JP has absolutely fallen off a cliff I believe we could be looking at a significant upgrade bringing Peterson back and letting Manny walk.  Not only that, Julian would be an excellent, fantastic, wonderful player to bring in to help mentor and develop Aldon Smith and show him how to be a leader on the field.

 

I've made the case - what do you think?

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