Considering the Detroit Lions haven’t drafted a quarterback since acquiring Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick back in 2009, the following remarks from general manager Bob Quinn are quite ironic.
“I think it’s really good football business to acquire a young quarterback every year or every other year,” the team’s new general manager, Bob Quinn, told the Detroit Free Press. “There’s such a value in the position and nowadays in college football there’s a lot of spread offenses, which means it’s a lot different than pro football. So it takes these young quarterbacks time to develop. So if you can add a young quarterback every year or every other year to your roster, it’s good football business in my mind. So you have time to develop them, either on the practice squad or as a backup, before eventually them having to play in a game.”
Stafford isn’t set to hit the open market until 2018.
When that time comes, Stafford will only be 30-years-old, so it’ll be interesting to see if Detroit elects to re-sign him, but if not, expect for the Lions to have a couple young guys waiting in the wings.