3. Carson Wentz (Free Agent)
It has been quite a fall, and a fast fall, for Wentz. The Washington Commanders became the second team in as many years to see enough of him for one season to know they needed to move on ASAP. He has surely been humbled to a large extent, and right after Wasington cut him this offseason he made sure it got out there he's willing to take on whatever role a team will give him.
Wentz has been easy to tie to a few teams who have questionable depth at quarterback (Las Vegas Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers), yet he remains without a team as all 32 teams roll into training camp. The Lions, sans signing Bridgewater sometime soon, can absolutely be put into the category of teams with iffy depth behind their starting signal caller.
Wentz was of course the second overall pick in the 2016 draft, one pick after Lions quarterback Jared Goff was taken by the Rams. That is more interesting than an invitation for controversy should Wentz land in Detroit. For whatever it might be worth, Wentz had one of his most productive games last season for Washington in Week 2 against the Lions.
Wentz is more name than game at this point, and probably always has been if we're being honest. But the Lions could pivot to him as an experienced backup option if a deal can't be struck with Bridgewater. The sentiment they are content with Sudfeld is gone based on their lingering interest in Bridgewater, and any viable potential options have to be on the radar.