The Lions have signed tight end Andrew Quarless, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. As we recently learned, Quarless will be suspended for the first two games of the season following a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy following a misdemeanor gun charge. If he makes the team, the Lions will not get Quarless on the field until Week 3 against the Packers, giving him an opportunity to show his old team what he can do.
The deal is a low-risk move for Detroit as Quarless’ one-year deal includes no guaranteed cash. Over the next few weeks, Quarless will work to prove his worth to Detroit coaches and, if he cannot leapfrog ahead of UDFA Cole Wick and free agent additions Matthew Mulligan and Orson Charles, he’ll be relinquished back to the free agent pile. If all goes well, Quarless can give the Lions some additional depth at tight end in case Eric Ebron‘s ankle injury lingers.
Quarless, 28 in October, spent most of the 2015 season on the Packers’ injured reserve. An MCL injury sidelined Quarless for about two and a half months, limiting him to five games and just four receptions for 31 yards for the season.
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