According to multiple reports, the Detroit Lions are signing QB Matt Cassel.
Lions are signing QB Matt Cassel, sources tell me and @RapSheet. Former Patriots QB joins former Patriots Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia in Detroit.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 4, 2018
Contract details were not disclosed.
The 35-year old quarterback was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh-round of the 2005 draft.
The USC product is best known for his 2008 season after Tom Brady went down in New England, the team still compiled an 11-win season. That propelled him to landing a lucrative deal with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009.
He did have a Pro-Bowl season in 2010 before being released in March of 2013. Since, he has played with the Minnesota Vikings (2013-14), Buffalo Bills (2015), Dallas Cowboys (2015) and most recently the Tennessee Titans (2016-17).
In his 13-year career, he has amassed 81 starts, 17,449-yards, 104 touchdown passes and a passer rating of 78.8– only starting a total of two games over the past two seasons.
GM Bob Quinn has always emphasized wanting competition at every position. At the very least, Cassel can mentor/push third-year quarterback Jake Rudock and can bring a veteran presence behind franchise QB, Matthew Stafford.
It’s entirely plausible that Cassel doesn’t make the final 53-man roster.