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Lions GM: I never viewed Jared Goff as a bridge option

6/22/2021 4:01:37 PM
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By most accounts, it has been a productive offseason in shoring up the roster and setting the Lions up in the future with two additional first-round draft picks in the trade that sent Matthew Stafford to the Rams for Jared Goff in an exchange of quarterbacks.

The bottom line: Brad Holmes didn't do everything he wanted to do in his first offseason as GM of the Lions, but he did what he could do, Mike O'Hara of reports.

The Stafford-Goff trade and getting offensive tackle Penei Sewell of Oregon in the draft were the highlight moves of the Lions' offseason.

In Goff, the Lions got a quarterback who was drafted first overall in 2016 and had a 42-20 won-loss record the last four regular seasons with three playoff appearances and two Pro Bowls.

Holmes was instrumental in the Rams' drafting Goff in his role as director of college scouting. He looks at Goff as a potential long-term starter for the Lions, not a stop gap.

"I never viewed him as a bridge option," Holmes said. "He's been a winning quarterback. I think his resume speaks for itself."

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