Lions sign Matt Cassel as Matt Stafford’s backup

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The well-traveled Matt Cassel will make his next stop in Detroit.

The Lions are signing Cassel to serve as Matthew Stafford‘s backup, NFL Network reports.

Cassel spent the last two seasons in Tennessee and started one game each year. Prior to that he was in Dallas, Buffalo, Minnesota, Kansas City and New England.

In Detroit, Cassel joins a quarterback room that includes both Stafford and 2016 sixth-round pick Jake Rudock, as well as camp arm Alek Torgersen. The No. 2 quarterback competition will likely come down to a training camp competition between Cassel and Rudock.

Lions coach Matt Patricia and G.M. Bob Quinn both spent time with Cassel in New England and apparently think he’ll be a positive veteran presence in the locker room — even if they hope Stafford stays healthy and Cassel never actually gets on the field.

45 responses to “Lions sign Matt Cassel as Matt Stafford’s backup

  1. For a guy who never got on the field in college he certainly carved out a nice career.

  2. These guys that made a ton of money on their first contract but never make it as franchise quarterbacks go on the backup quarterback deal floating from one team to the next making a mil or two a year. At the end of their career they probably pull in say 50- 60 mil? More? Pretty nice cheese. There’s a topic for you Mike. What backup QB made the most money in their career?

  3. I always like Cassel and thought he did a decent
    job …..but then I watched him play for the
    Cowboys. His arm was weak at best. Maybe he
    had an injury ( none reported ) but he just couldn’t
    make the throws.

  4. If we’re just strictly talking football.Its hard to say with a straight face that Cassel or Rg3 are better than a guy who led his team to the super bowl and was maybe a few plays away from doing it again the next year in the NFC championship game.

  5. “hokies4life says:
    April 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm
    If we’re just strictly talking football.Its hard to say with a straight face that Cassel or Rg3 are better than a guy who led his team to the super bowl and was maybe a few plays away from doing it again the next year in the NFC championship game.”

    If we are just talking football, “that guy” regressed from his SB season and still feels he is a starting QB. “That guy” also brings a ton of baggage to any team that signs him. “That guy” is not going to get a job, because of the choices he made – and his declining on field ability to make up for those choices.

  6. “Ivan Pavlov says:
    April 4, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    Unless the offensive line dramatically improves in pass protection, there’s a very good chance this guy plays this fall. ”

    you do know stafford has almost the most consecutive games played in the nfl right now.

  7. He went 11-5 as Brady’s backup, that’s how great the Patriots system is.

  8. Just for fun, someday I would like to see an article listing where all the ‘journeyman’ QBs of say, the last decade, have played/auditioned. Some of these guys have got to be nearing the ‘every team’ level.

  9. Sometimes it’s all about who you know. The only reason he’s still getting jobs is because he played under Brady and Belechick. I don’t see how any GM or coach can say with a straight face they’d be ok seeing him in the regular season with that wet noodle arm he has.

  10. What a great gig- back up QB. Can make tens of millions over the course of a career and rarely see the field. Except if you become SB MVP.

  11. YES!!!!!

    The Lions are back! Look at haters we’re coming for you!

    Matt Cassel is the best backup in the NFL and we going all the way baby! Book it!

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Nice choice, since they both have about the same win percentage and skill level. How stafford has fleeced the lions for so much, for so long and for such bad play is just amazing.

  13. Geez, how old is that guy? Seems like he played for the Pats 20 years ago and the Vikes 10 years ago.

  14. hokies4life says:
    April 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm
    If we’re just strictly talking football.Its hard to say with a straight face that Cassel or Rg3 are better than a guy who led his team to the super bowl and was maybe a few plays away from doing it again the next year in the NFC championship game.

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    Alex Smith was a bigger part of the 49ers making it to the SB that season….

  15. hokies4life says:
    April 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm
    If we’re just strictly talking football.Its hard to say with a straight face that Cassel or Rg3 are better than a guy who led his team to the super bowl and was maybe a few plays away from doing it again the next year in the NFC championship game.
    —————————————————-
    If we’re just strictly talking football we shouldn’t be talking about that guy. He is not in the league…by his own choice.

  16. donbat67 says:
    April 4, 2018 at 6:06 pm
    Best job in the world back up QB .
    ____________________________________________

    I think I might go with emergency NHL hockey goalie.

  17. i am beginning to sound like a broken record, when I keep saying, “no collusion, folks” after team after team sign backup quarterbacks while Kap remains unemployed.

  18. Not right now Jim Bob, I’m kinda busy. You know what, in fact I’m gonna have to ask you to just go ahead and come back later, I’ve got a meeting with the Matts in a couple minute.

  19. snaponrules says:
    April 4, 2018 at 10:20 pm
    Nice choice, since they both have about the same win percentage and skill level. How stafford has fleeced the lions for so much, for so long and for such bad play is just amazing.
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    One of the most ignorant comments ever posted.

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