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.  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,  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=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/01/14/PDTF/df3055b9-6e75-43cd-90ff-8ba726d3e782-TNS_SPORTS-FBN-JETS-LIO1.jpg” data-mycapture-sm-src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/01/14/PDTF/df3055b9-6e75-43cd-90ff-8ba726d3e782-TNS_SPORTS-FBN-JETS-LIO1.jpg?width=336&height=400″/>
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]
Both Murray and Haskins are considered as possible top 10 picks and the Lions have the eighth selection in the April draft.
"We do (our homework)) every year on all quarterbacks and in all positions," said Quinn. "There are only a limited number of interviews we can do in our formal interviews in the combine, but our trainers basically talk to everyone in the combine, so to find out why we talked with them this way, it's just a question Planning and what you can get out of the league when you submit the names you want to interview. "
Quinn refused to tell if the Lions Murray or Haskins for the top 30 visits before the draft draft but he acknowledged that a hit in the middle of the round at the position would be "gold because they are controlled for four years."
The Lions have another quarterback besides Stafford in their squad. Former outstanding state of Michigan, Connor Cook.
"It's a position that matters," Quinn said. "I think it's about trying to just ensure that the draft and the free agency come to add the best available players for each position."
Lions in AB?
Quinn declined on Monday How interested, if any, were Lions interested in acquiring recently traded receivers Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr.
. "I do not understand how we were involved or not," Quinn said. "We were in many different markets in March."
The Giants swapped Beckham the Cleveland Browns for picks in the first and third rounds as well as the former Jabril Peppers from Michigan The Steelers achieved a much lower range for Brown, which he met only in the third and fifth round, after the broad receiver had torpedoed his own trading stocks.
Quinn said he did not belong in one way or another Whether the Lions Would Do It Be on the HBO reality series Hard Knocks this fall. When asked how he would feel when he appeared on the show, Quinn said, "I'll pass." Quinn said the Lions have not yet decided whether they should tackle the option for Taylor Decker's rookie contract in the fifth year.
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