The Lions are making full use out of their position as the team with first priority in the waiver process.
They surprisingly snagged quarterback Kevin O’Connell last week. And now they’ve traded him to a new team.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Lions have sent O’Connell to the Jets.
Compensation for O’Connell isn’t known.
Coincidentally, the Jets host the Patriots — who picked O’Connell in the third round of the 2008 draft and who surprisingly cut him — on September 20.
The move shows that the Patriots could have (and arguably should have) tried to trade O’Connell in lieu of letting him walk, and this could fuel speculation that coach Bill Belichick was trying to slide O’Connell to former Pats V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli, whose Chiefs were No. 3 on the waiver priority list. (But as a reader points out, that theory was undermined by the fact that the Chiefs didn’t put in a waiver claim for O’Connell. Doh.)
[UPDATE: Jason La Canfora of NFL Network apparently was the first to report this story. Since we are a legitimate news organization now, some believe we must at all times strive to ensure that we sift through the non-stop blender of NFL news and information and divine who actually broke every given story. So, in other words, we’re expected to extend to every other legitimate news organization a courtesy that rarely has been extended to us in nearly eight years of existence. Seems about right.]