The Detroit Lions have added some experience at the quarterback position, to battle with Jake Rudock for the back-up quarterback spot. Former USC quarterback and 13-year-veteran Matt Cassel has signed a deal with Detroit. The soon-to-be 36-year-old gunslinger spent the last two years in Tennessee backing up Marcus Mariota.
Cassel began his career behind Tom Brady in New England, making a name for himself in 2008 when Brady went down with an ankle injury and Cassel led the Patriots to an 11-5 season. He signed a deal with Kansas City in 2009 where he had a rocky start before earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2010 when he threw for 27 touchdowns to only seven interceptions.
Veteran QB Matt Cassel signing with Detroit @Lions: https://t.co/Pq2ioNRxL6 pic.twitter.com/jatYZLrw4y
— NFL (@NFL) April 4, 2018
Obviously no one expects Cassel to really challenge Matthew Stafford for the starter position, but having someone with Pro Bowl and playoff experience on the bench is definitely not a bad thing.
Lions’ free agents Travis Swanson, Paul Worrilow sign deals elsewhere
As the Detroit Lions look to bolster their roster ahead of the NFL Draft, that could mean having to part ways with some free agent players and going in a different direction.
The team recently saw a couple of their own unrestricted free agents agree to terms with other teams for 2018.
Center Travis Swanson will encounter a change of scenery as he will reportedly sign with the New York Jets. The former All-American out of Arkansas and third-round pick in 2014, has played in 56 career games with the Lions, including starting the previous 42 over the last three seasons.
Swanson struggled early on in the trenches for Detroit, which ultimately led to Lions’ general manager Bob Quinn using a draft pick on Michigan lineman Graham Glasgow in 2016. His play somewhat improved over the last two seasons, but he had each of those campaigns cut short due to head injuries. To continue reading this story, click here.