Lions re-sign career backup QB


While Teddy Bridgewater‘s early retirement will create an opening for Hendon Hooker behind Jared Goff, the Lions are still taking care of the other quarterback on last year’s team.

Nate Sudfeld re-signed with the Lions on Wednesday, per a team announcement. The Lions are bringing Sudfeld back months after he suffered a torn ACL during the preseason. Should Sudfeld stick with the Lions — via the 53-man roster or practice squad — this will be his ninth NFL season.

Sudfeld, 30, has been with the Lions since they signed him shortly after roster-cutdown day in 2022. The team brought him back — on a one-year, $1.6M deal — in 2023 but added Bridgewater as Goff’s top backup weeks before the former’s knee injury. Goff, Hooker and Sudfeld now comprise the QB contingent on the Lions’ roster.

Still perhaps most famous for being inserted into the Eagles’ 2020 regular-season finale — as Doug Pederson benched a healthy Jalen Hurts late in a game that gave Washington the NFC East title — Sudfeld has become a steady reserve option around the NFL. Sudfeld backed up Nick Foles during the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII run, as Carson Wentz had gone down with an ACL tear.

Sudfeld’s failure to beat out Brock Purdy for the 49ers’ third-string job in 2022 has also aged quite well. The Indiana alum has appeared in two Lions games but has not thrown a regular-season pass since that 2020 finale.

The Lions moved Hooker onto their active roster as a third-stringer late last season, a move that prevented the third-round pick’s contract from tolling. Hooker’s deal still runs through 2026, but with Bridgewater leaving the game at 31, the Tennessee alum is slated to move up the depth chart behind Goff. Barring something unexpected, Sudfeld would have a ceiling as a third-stringer for the 2024 Lions. He could be in line to dress as Detroit’s emergency backup. A Tuesday rule change will allow teams unlimited elevations for P-squad QBs for the purpose of dressing a third as the emergency option.

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