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Lions flip O'Connell to Jets

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.]

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23 Responses to “Lions flip O'Connell to Jets”
  1. Larry David says: Sep 6, 2009 2:02 PM

    Um, just so you know, the Chiefs didn’t even put in a waiver claim for O’connell.

  2. bleedsoe9mm says: Sep 6, 2009 2:02 PM

    thats stupid , bb could have traded o’connell to kc for some guy kc was going to cut

  3. DynastyDriven says: Sep 6, 2009 2:05 PM

    “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.”
    Thats a ludacris reach, even for you Florio.

  4. solman says: Sep 6, 2009 2:09 PM

    Four teams put in waiver claims:
    The Jets, the Browns, Detroit and the Broncos (I think).
    The Jets and Browns don’t trade with the Patriots. Detroit wasn’t about to trade with the Patriots since they didn’t have to.
    That leaves only the Broncos.
    Unless the Jets gave up more than a 7th round pick, there is no basis for this Florio’s claim.
    A far more likely explanation for this article is that Florio, who loves talking up conspiracy theories, got his facts wrong [KC didn’t put in a waiver’s claim] and got caught talking out of his ass.

  5. Mav69r says: Sep 6, 2009 2:09 PM

    If the Pats were trying to slide a player to the Chiefs… and someone in Detroit used the waiver system to their advantage…
    WOW!
    Maybe the changes in the front office are changing… and the Lions are going to get better.
    We shall see.

  6. mustbechris says: Sep 6, 2009 2:10 PM

    maybe they were trying to slide him to the broncos?
    or even the browns, since they’re not the jets?

  7. ncm42 says: Sep 6, 2009 2:11 PM

    Shrewd moves by the Lions?!? Looks like the Millen era really is over in Motown, no?

  8. pondbridge says: Sep 6, 2009 2:12 PM

    Ryan thinks he’s going to get some insights into the Pats before they meet, and then dumps the turkey immediately afterwards. Pats and Just End The Season (Jets) do this tactic on each other each year at the beginning of the season. Never works for either team.

  9. PypersRealm says: Sep 6, 2009 2:15 PM

    The Jets probably just want to pick his brain to try to get a leg up on the Pats. The fact that he’s probably no worse than the other JAGS backing up Sanchez is icing on the cake.
    It’s too bad KOC doesn’t have any Super Bowl rings for Rexypuss to slobber on.

  10. jpats says: Sep 6, 2009 2:17 PM

    If the Jets signed O’Connell to learn about the Pats offense, which of course they did, they are out of luck. Based on the times he was on the field, he does not have much of a grasp on the system. Don’t worry Rex, you still get to play the Bills twice. Jets are fixated on the Pats; they chose Gholston because they thought they were getting Belichick’s choice. They will never win until the stop being obsessed with their big brother.

  11. HartLeeDykes says: Sep 6, 2009 2:17 PM

    4 teams put in a claim for O’Connell but only the Jets were willing to give up a draft pick for him? Of course they’d never give one to the Patriots.

  12. picayune says: Sep 6, 2009 2:22 PM

    Classic Tannenbaum maneuver. Bring in discarded Patriots for de-briefing to figure out whatt makes the Patriots tick. A bit like seat-sniffing really.
    Maybe he’ll sign Walter too. I’ve heard he has the Pats’ offense down cold! He and O’Connell can join Clemens in tutoring Sanchez. Worlds of valuable experience in that threesome.
    I hope Mr. T has given the Lions his first round choice in 2011. No, make that 2010. He ain’t that bright and he won’t be around then anyway.

  13. jas7n says: Sep 6, 2009 2:35 PM

    Love that update.

  14. DynastyDriven says: Sep 6, 2009 2:46 PM

    Is it me or is Florio’s ego and bitterness growing by the day?

  15. Insomniac says: Sep 6, 2009 2:51 PM

    They could’ve traded him for a conditional pick linked to playing time (if they wanted it to be fair) or some other incentive like special teams participation (if they really wanted nothing but to control where he goes).

  16. DaBillsDaaahhhBills says: Sep 6, 2009 2:59 PM

    “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.”
    I buy that. Normally the Patriots are known for making excellent personnel decisions, but just out-right dropping O’Connell made very little sense. He was definitely getting scooped up by KC if 1 and 2 on the waiver wire didn’t move on him. Now the Pats have Brady and Hoyer at QB, but maybe, just maybe there is a master plan after all… Jeff Garcia backing up Brady with Hoyer at # 3?

  17. angrytoads says: Sep 6, 2009 3:16 PM

    WOW … Matt Millen really has LEFT the building in Detroit!!! can’t believe im saying this, but the Lions finally have a braintrust …

  18. Restore The Roar says: Sep 6, 2009 3:33 PM

    angrytoads says:
    September 6, 2009 3:16 PM
    WOW … Matt Millen really has LEFT the building in Detroit!!! can’t believe im saying this, but the Lions finally have a braintrust …
    I’ve gotta agree … and I’m loving it. Give these guys a couple of years and just maybe we won’t be the laughing stock anymore!

  19. World Champs Raiders 3 Chargers 0 says: Sep 6, 2009 3:45 PM

    Man Florio’s disgruntled, must have found out Merriman’s been cheating on him with Tila Tequila….lol

  20. tj.52 says: Sep 6, 2009 3:48 PM

    “The move shows that the Patriots could have (and arguably should have) tried to trade O’Connell in lieu of letting him walk,”
    ———————————————————
    Do you mean to tell me that the Patriots had a chance at acquiring a draft pick or two and passed it up for no apparent reason? WTF!
    Glad to see you are on top of these things Florio. I say we clear out coach BB and the Pats front office and put you in there, they’re just a bunch of bums anyhow.
    Florio > Belichick x 100.
    Put that in your pipe and smoke it Mr. Kraft.

  21. Ralphie says: Sep 6, 2009 4:18 PM

    “I buy that. Normally the Patriots are known for making excellent personnel decisions, but just out-right dropping O’Connell made very little sense.”
    __________________________________
    BB wouldn’t drop him if he could get what he wanted (read that as “value”). Like typical BB moves this is just phase 1 of a multi-phase plan that will play out over several weeks and it shouldn’t receive it’s final grade until that happens. Last year everyone said Cassel sucked but BB saw something there that Joe the Fan could not see. Plus, who knows how O’Connell will turn out? He may just be another QB who never panned out (or maybe he will pan out, nobody knows yet).
    The beauty of BB is that he never falls in love with a high draft pick. If he has a development plan for a player and that player does not fulfill it in the allotted time he’ll move him out…whether he is a 1st, 2nd or 3rd round draft choice it does not matter.

  22. Fogs77 says: Sep 6, 2009 5:08 PM

    Well said Ralphie
    If the Pat’s could have gotten value for O’Connell they would have. Nobody was going to trade for a QB having as bad of a pre-season as O’Connell was when that team would have a chance of picking him off waivers. Unless it was a team like the Jet’s, that only want O’Connell for his knowledge of the Pat’s system (or lack there of)/

  23. madsqgrdn says: Sep 6, 2009 5:54 PM

    People dont ever give Scott Pioli enough credit for the Pats Chapionships.
    Remeber this is the first time Belichek is making allof the decisions for himself..well see if hes as smart of a personnel man as he thinks he is. I personally an not impressed by his draft or his freeagent moves..

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