A few days after finalizing a deal to bring back one of Matthew Stafford‘s backups, the Lions have officially locked up the other one. Per Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com, the club has re-signed third-string quarterback Kellen Moore to a two-year contract.
Moore, 25, didn’t come close to appearing in a regular-season game for the Lions in 2014, and has yet to appear in a game during his three-year NFL career. However, the team was likely impressed by his performance during the preseason last year — Moore completed 35 of 51 passes for 361 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions during those exhibition games, with a passer rating of 108.4.
If Stafford were to go down with an injury, Dan Orlovsky, who inked a new deal with the Lions earlier this week, would likely be first in line to replace him. However, the club was willing to carry three quarterbacks for the entire 2014 season, so there’s no reason to think Moore doesn’t have a good chance to make the roster once again in 2015.
Moore had been eligible for restricted free agency.