The Lions violated their own policies to sign tight end Andrew Quarless. And now they’ve cut him before he ever played for them.
Quarless was suspended for the first two games of the season over an incident in which he fired a gun during an argument with a group of women. And yet Lions G.M. Bob Quinn signed Quarless even though Quinn had previously said he wouldn’t sign players who had done such things.
“The two things that are zero tolerance are domestic violence and dangerous weapons,” Quinn said when he was hired in Detroit at the beginning of the offseason.
Quinn is not the first G.M. to violate his own “zero-tolerance” policy. But usually when a G.M. violates his own zero-tolerance policy, he does it for a great player. Quarless is not a great player. And today, Quinn signaled that Quarless is not even a good enough player to be on the roster, because the Lions cut Quarless as soon as his suspension officially ended.
So why did the Lions sign Quarless in the first place? Perhaps at the time they signed him they were concerned about the tight end position but now think, after two games, that they’re in good shape at the position.
Whatever the reasons, it’s not a good look for Quinn that he signed a player with such a checkered past after saying he wouldn’t. And it’s a strange decision for Quinn to cut that player before he had a chance to help the team.