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Report: Detroit Lions Not Interested in QB Mark Sanchez



The Detroit Lions find themselves looking for options at backup quarterback behind Matthew Stafford, as Shaun Hill signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Rams Wednesday. At the owners meetings in Orlando, Florida, general manager Martin Mayhew said that they would consider acquiring a quarterback in free agency or the upcoming draft.

There is also speculation that former New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez could be signed by the Lions this offseason to fill the void left by Hill. However, head coach Jim Caldwell told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that the team hasn’t explored bringing in Sanchez.

“We have not entertained it, in that regard,” Caldwell said at the owners meetings. “But talented guy who’s got experience in the league, and I’m sure there are a lot of teams who are looking at him closely.”

A first round draft pick in 2009, Sanchez was selected four spots after Stafford by the Jets with the No. 5 pick. He helped the team reach the AFC championship game in each of his first two seasons in the NFL. Since then, he finished the 2012 campaign with a 6-10 record and third in the AFC East division. Sanchez also missed the entire season in 2013 after suffering a shoulder injury in the preseason which eventually led to his release.

The Lions have shown that they’re not confident right now in handing over the backup duties to third stringer Kellen Moore, who has been on the roster since being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

“Everything’s open,” Caldwell told Birkett. “Everything’s open and, particularly, we had an opportunity to kind of look at the entire breadth of the draft, and that certainly is a possibility.”

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One Response to “Report: Detroit Lions Not Interested in QB Mark Sanchez”

  1. I am getting tired of the articles that say the Detroit Lions don’t have confidence in Kellen Moore. This is mostly coming from Mayhew based on his comments. He should have said that they were looking for a QB either experienced or draft to bring in to compete with Kellen Moore for the 2nd string QB. Caldwell has no experience with Moore and would be in a poor position to make a judgment. Also if you just look at Moore on film which is all Caldwell has at this point you would not be too impressed because of his small stature, somewhat awkward looking throw/motion and lack of cannon for an arm. As Caldwell gains experience with Moore he will gain confidence. Moore has some of the things Caldwell is looking for such as accuracy and timing as well as footwork. Moore is very likely to win the 2nd string QB position especially over any draft pick assuming he has continued to develop/improve and strengthen his arm. Moore could be a solid backup and everyone has to start at some point with no season experience.

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