The Detroit Lions have cut quarterback Brad Kaaya, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Lions released QB Brad Kaaya, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2017
Many Lions fans were pretty surprised to see the team pick a quarterback for the second straight year in the sixth round of the draft. Detroit didn’t need a quarterback, but according to general manager Bob Quinn, Kaaya provided great value at that point in the draft.
Kaaya was an interesting prospect, as he was once considered a first-round prospect. But after a disappointing 2016 season at Miami, his draft stock plummeted. There was thought Kaaya could challenge Jake Rudock for the Lions’ backup job, but that camp battle never really emerged as a possibility.
Now the question is whether Kaaya will clear waivers, and if he does, will the Lions bring him back on the practice squad/ Detroit did the exact same thing with Rudock last year, and because they don’t currently have a third quarterback, the Lions are likely interested. But with such high potential, there’s a chance someone puts in a waiver claim for the rookie passer.