For free agent Demarcus Robinson, the Lions were an intriguing team. They had just moved on from Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, leaving tons of catches up for grabs.
Robinson could come to Detroit and be a No. 1 or No. 2 wide receiver, after spending his career with the Chiefs as a No. 3 or No. 4. Or he could return to Kansas City and chase another Super Bowl ring.
The latter won out.
Robinson told Good Morning Football on Thursday that he "chose the Chiefs" over the Lions in free agency.
"I had another team, it was Detroit, that was also looking into me and the Chiefs just wanted me more at the time," Robinson said.
Robinson had 45 catches on 59 targets for 466 yards and three touchdowns last season. He re-signed with Kansas City on a one-year, vet-minimum deal worth $1.1 million.
To help replace Golladay and Jones, the Lions signed Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman to a pair of one-year deals worth a total of $6.5 million. The Williams acquisition came came ahead of free agency, so it was likely either Perriman or Robinson for Detroit.
Perriman caught 30 passes on 60 targets for 505 yards and three touchdowns with the Jets last season, while Williams missed 2020 due to a shoulder injury.
In addition to playing for a contender, Robinson said two other factors drew him back to Kansas City: catching passes from Patrick Mahomes and assuming a larger role in the offense after the departure of Sammy Watkins.
"Pat was a big decision on it. Just seeing what I can do and what they saw in me for my role next year. Without Sammy being there, they said they got a lot of things in store for me," Robinson said. "So I’m ready to get back to work, see what they got going for me."