Lions GM Bob Quinn discusses why Trey Flowers, Jesse James, and Justin Coleman were put into free agency at the NFL owners' meeting in Ariz on March 24, 2019.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

PHOENIX – With Matthew Stafford's Great Contract an Obstacle to Signing First-Class Veteran Support, Detroit Lions Chief Executive Officer Bob Quinn said on Monday the team would continue exploring options to land his No. 2 quarterback for 2019.

"You understand how our salary situation is in the quarterback position, it's up there, so there's only so much you can do to end up with a top end company just to end up with the salary with it, "said Quinn. "But there are other ways to get quarterbacks and we'll all look at each other."

Lions quarterback Matt Cassel warms up before playing Miami Dolphins on Sunday, October 21, 2018 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo: Steve Mitchell USA TODAY Sports)

Stafford enters a five-year expansion of $ 135 million in the second year making him the NFL's highest-paid quarterback.

He is now the fifth-best player in the league, behind Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins ​​and Jimmy Garoppolo, but with a cap on $ 29.5 million in this case, he still carries more than 15 percent the salary cap of Lions. [19659008] The Lions have used veteran support such as Matt Cassel and Dan Orlovsky for minimum wage benefit deals over the past few seasons and have taken flyers for late quarterbacks like Jake Rudock in 2016 and Brad Kaaya in 2017.

Both Rudock and Kaaya have moved to other teams, and Lions are expected to revisit the options this autumn.

During the NFL merger last month, Lions met with both Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins that Quinn did not go into much detail Monday, [425] Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on the sideline during the Lions' 48-17 defeat on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Ford Field. ” width=”180″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=”″/>

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on the sidelines during the 48-loss on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Ford Field. [Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press]