The Lions are signing QB Kyle Sloter off of the Cardinals’ practice squad, per source. Good developmental QB prospect for Detroit to work with.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 30, 2019
Sloter was formerly an undrafted free agent quarterback out of Northern Colorado. He was a preseason sensation for the Vikings, throwing for 443 passing yards and four touchdowns. After his surprising release from Minnesota he signed to the Cardinals’ practice squad, as the team considered him an upgrade over former practice squad QB Drew Anderson.
The Lions initially expressed interest in him earlier in the offseason. With injuries to Matthew Stafford and Jeff Driskel, the Lions were in need of depth behind David Blough. The only other quarterback on the team was Joe Callahan, who remains on their practice squad. Sloter brings a lot of athleticism to the table and has shown a lot of potential based on his preseason performances alone.
The Cardinals probably had plans for Sloter to return to the team in 2020 to compete for a backup spot behind Kyler Murray. Now those plans are thrown out the window. Brett Hundley will be a free agent after the season and there remains a strong chance that the team pursues Case Keenum in the offseason.