Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn spoke with beat writers on Tuesday at the annual meeting in Florida. Quinn touched on several pressing Lions issues including, but not limited to, Stephen Tulloch, Riley Reiff and where the Lions will go from here. Below are the highlights of his media session.
On how free agency has gone thus far:
- Quinn believes the roster right now is already better than is was at the beginning of the year:
Lions GM Bob Quinn says he thinks the roster now is better all the way around compared to when he took over in January.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) March 22, 2016
- However, he reiterated that the Lions aren't done yet:
Bob Quinn on Lions in free agency: I don't think we're done yet. Lots of good players still available.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) March 22, 2016
On Tulloch's future in Detroit:
- Quinn would not comment on whether Tulloch will be on the roster in 2016, simply saying, "We're still working on that."
- When asked to elaborate, Quinn mentioned a snag in the Tulloch's contract:
Lions GM Bob Quinn says Tulloch remains on team because of a contractual issue. Would not go into detail.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) March 22, 2016
- Quinn also failed to comment on whether Tulloch was suffering from an injury.
On left tackle:
Bob Quinn on Riley Reiff: "As of right now he's going to be our left tackle."— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) March 22, 2016
On Tahir Whitehead's role:
Tahir Whitehead was re-signed to play middle linebacker, per Quinn.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) March 22, 2016
Quinn additionally had a intriguing interview with DetroitLions.com's Tori Petry where he goes into details on how the Lions acquired Marvin Jones and the process leading up to Calvin Johnson's retirement. You can view the entire interview here.
Jim Caldwell is scheduled to meet with the media next. On Wednesday, all NFC coaches will have a public breakfast at the annual meeting. It will be the first time Caldwell will be publicly answering questions since being officially retained for another season.