2. Trevor Siemian- Quarterback
The case for: In a deep and expensive first wave of QB free agency, Siemian slipped through the cracks and remains unsigned. Being relatively young (28), presumably inexpensive, and with a solid track record as a starter (13-12 overall with the Broncos) make it surprising that no team picked him up.
Siemian has a strong arm and is a prototypical pocket passer, so Darrell Bevell could keep a similar offense as with Matthew Stafford if he was ever pressed into service. He played his college ball in the Midwest (at Northwestern), so playing winter road games in Wisconsin and Illinois wouldn’t feel like anything out of the ordinary.
The case against: There’s no obvious downside to this move. Lions fans familiar with Shaun Hill at the beginning of Stafford’s career would probably find a lot of similarities between the two of them. This signing wouldn’t ‘make’ the season by any stretch, but having a trusted backup QB who’s won some games in this league could prevent it from breaking if Stafford goes down again.
Likelihood of this happening: I don’t know what it is about Chase Daniel, but considering his relatively large contract (he’ll make more in 2020 than Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton, and Jameis Winston), and the Lions QB inactivity on draft day, Bob Quinn must feel a lot better about this arrangement than I do. It seems like the Lions would have either taken the draft route or paid Daniel a lot less if they felt a true competition for the number two spot was necessary.