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NFL Europa QB Agrees to Contract with Lions

Quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan is now a Lion. After playing for every other NFC North team already, O'Sullivan now has completed his journey through the division by joining Detroit. After being released by the Bears last week, O'Sullivan hoped to find a team to continue his career with. Previously, he was a player in NFL Europa, which just ceased operations recently. Across seas, O'Sullivan was seen as one of the top players in the entire league.

O'Sullivan agreed to a contract with the lions yesterday, according to ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli. This is a good addition by Detroit. O'Sullivan has the experience of playing a lot of pro football, and with that may come in and have a shot at backing up Jon Kitna. Since Josh McCown was traded during the draft, the Lions were left with only Dan Orlovsky and Drew Stanton. Orlovsky has hardly played in the NFL other than in the preseason. Stanton has even less experience since he's a rookie.

With two QB's that don't have that big of a lead over each other as far as the depth chart is concerned, I could easily see J.T. O'Sullivan coming in and winning the backup job. I'm not going to guarantee anything, but beating out Orlovsky and Stanton wouldn't be that tough. By the end of the season, Stanton could solidify himself as the backup, but early on, it's any one's game.