By James F. Puzzuoli
The Detroit Lions are set at quarterback. They are in an enviable position, but the pressure to win is high because this window closes fast.
Free agency arrives on March 14th. The draft starts on April 26th.
As these dates grow closer, the Detroit Lions have some important decisions ahead of them at each position. In terms of quarterback, the work is done for 2018.
The current crop of quarterbacks:
At an average of $25 million per year, quarterback Matthew Stafford is the unquestioned starter and franchise cornerstone. Stafford’s on-field statistics dwarf every Detroit quarterback that has come before him.
All but one very important number: playoff wins. If he gets his first playoff win, Stafford will tie quarterback Erik Kramer for the most playoff wins in the past sixty years of Detroit football. Of course, while one win would feel good at this point, the expectations for Stafford are so much higher.
Quarterback Jake Rudock can only negotiate with the Detroit Lions for a deal in 2018. Rudock is the number two, and Detroit seems comfortable with that.
Rudock could be traded in 2018. That could be an interesting move for Detroit. General manager Bob Quinn used a sixth round pick on Rudock in 2016. If the right offer came, like a third or fourth round pick, the Lions would certainly listen. Outside of that, it is doubtful that Rudock goes...