There is no question that Drew Stanton and Shaun Hill have done their part this year. When your number one quarterback goes down, expectation seems to go right out the window. The Detroit Lions have certainly battled through adversity, and are appearing to finally be on the road to improvement as the season comes to a close next Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. With Matthew Stafford’s continuing injury woes throughout his career, it seems almost inevitable that there are questions to be answered. Obviously within the thinking of the Detroit Lion’s organization, in their eyes Matthew Stafford is the starter. What happens if he gets injured yet again this off season, or next season?
Next year is an absolutely key year for Matthew Stafford’s career. He enters in to the third year of his 6 year (only 4 years guaranteed) draft day contract, which leaves his future in limbo. For now, it is evident that the Lions organization is set on Stafford,but patience may run out after next season if the injuries continue. The Lions are finishing this year on a high note with impressive QB play. In the event of an emergency at the QB position next season… who will the team turn to?
If it were up to me, I would throw a good amount of money at a backup quarterback for a one or two year deal. This provides insurance for the team, and serves as a role of almost another starting quarterback. In the worst case scenario, if Stafford goes down then we will have a stable go-to option we can trust. If Stafford stays healthy, and is everything we wanted him to be and more, then we can always cut the backup, because NFL contracts—for now, in most cases have no money guaranteed.
Here are a few possibilities of QB’s who could be potentially available this off season:
- Kyle Orton
- Chad Pennington
- Vince Young
- Derek Anderson
- Kerry Collins
- Alex Smith
- Carson Palmer
- Donovan McNabb
- Kevin Kolb
Don’t get me wrong; despite injuries to Shaun Hill, I feel that both he and Drew Stanton have exceeded expectation here in Detroit following the Stafford situation. Even though Shaun Hill is signed through next season, something tells me that this team could provide a better, more experienced option to reinforce the Lions stability at quarterback. This will help the team to continue to improve. Should be interesting to see what happens!
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