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Lions cut Andrew Quarless after suspension ends

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 14:   Andrew Quarless #81 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

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8 Responses to “Lions cut Andrew Quarless after suspension ends”
  1. manderson4150 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:28 PM

    So he signed him thinking he could help the team and then decided he was wrong, big deal…..we not splitting atoms here.

  2. thegreatestofalltimes says: Sep 19, 2016 5:30 PM

    Seeing stories like this make me think I could be a GM. Sure, there is a high chance of catastrophic failure, but I think I could do something like:

    1) Me: “Zero tolerance! Rabble rabble rabble…”
    2) Signs guy who fired gun during an argument who gets suspended two games, paying him X amount of money
    3) After two weeks, fire said guy after suspension ends

    I guess I’ll just keep rockin’ in my chair, thinking of all the money I could have.

  3. icebowler says: Sep 19, 2016 5:36 PM

    Well, the Packers sure don’t want, or need, him back.

  4. packattack1967 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:36 PM

    Scoreless Quarless

  5. youknowiknowitall says: Sep 19, 2016 5:55 PM

    Meanwhile, still awaiting word on the Talib suspension for doing the same thing …

  6. cas5875 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:57 PM

    Its really not that puzzling of a situation… they cut him not because they made a mistake, but because they need a roster spot to cover all the injuries from Sunday’s game… I think they only have 4 healthy linebackers right now with Levy hurt again…

  7. gtodriver says: Sep 19, 2016 6:20 PM

    Maybe by doing the right thing (cutting Quarless), that will bring good Karma.

    And the Lions beat Green Bay at Lambeau for the second year in a row!

  8. tjacks7 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:34 PM

    The Packers could use him. It’d give Aaron another target to throw those patented 3-5 yard check downs to with his 31st ranked 5.89 yards per attempt.

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