As we recently explained, only two teams had priority over the Chiefs in the waiver process relating to former Patriots quarterback Kevin O’Connell: the Lions and the Rams.
We thought the Rams possibly would consider O’Connell. We regarded the Lions as an unlikely candidate to claim him.
So, of course, Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reports that the Lions claimed O’Connell.
The move becomes even more curious given that the Lions signed quarterback Brooks Bollinger on Tuesday.
But with Daunte Culpepper nursing a toe injury and Drew Stanton being evaluated for a knee injury, the Lions need other quarterbacks to complement Matthew Stafford for the preseason finale.
It’s also possible that the Lions will try to flip O’Connell to the Chiefs or the Broncos for a low-round draft pick.