Former Miami star quarterback Brad Kaaya has had a whirlwind first year in the NFL.
Kaaya, once viewed as a potential first round pick at quarterback, fell to the sixth round, where the Detroit Lions selected him with the 215th overall pick.
The Lions cut Kaaya ahead of the season, after he was beaten out by former Iowa and Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock for the team’s second-string job. He was quickly claimed by the Carolina Panthers the next day, but his tenure in Charlotte didn’t last long. He was released by the team on Tuesday.
A day later, Kaaya has a new NFL home. Well, sort of new. The Lions have reportedly claimed him off waivers.
Source: The #Lions claimed QB Brad Kaaya. Back where he started.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 18, 2017
Apparently the Lions were not thrilled that they couldn’t add Kaaya to their practice squad the first time around, so they made some moves to add him to the 53-man roster with this second chance.
From the Detroit Free Press:
The Detroit Lions hoped they’d be able to sneak Brad Kaaya through waivers when they set their initial 53-man roster last month, and when they couldn’t, they were crushed.
Given a second chance to acquire their sixth-round draft pick, the Lions jumped at the chance.
The Lions were awarded Kaaya off waivers from the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday, and now appear to be poised to carry three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster the rest of the season.
Kaaya was 24-for-40 for 291 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception during the preseason.