4 Ripple effects of Jon Bostic trade
1. Opening of Patriots-Lions connection
As noted by Mike Reiss, this trade was the first time Bob Quinn transacted directly with the Patriots as general manager of the Lions. In fact, it was Quinn’s first trade in four months on the job.
Much like when Scott Pioli joined the Kansas City Chiefs and when Bill O’Brien took over as head coach of the Houston Texans, Quinn is opening up lines of communication with the Patriots on the personnel front. Look for additional Patriots-Lions transactions to occur in the coming years.
As noted by ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, Quinn has been taking after his former employer in his first year as Detroit’s general manager:
"Much of what Quinn has done during his first few months as Detroit’s general manager has mirrored what he learned from his 16 years working his way up with the Patriots. That includes some of the team’s draft strategy — a year after the Patriots took a long-snapper in the draft, the Lions took one — and Detroit did not chase many big-name free agents. Most of his moves had a similar bent to what the Patriots look for — flexibility and the ability to play special teams."
Also, don’t forget that Quinn signed Patriots 2012 second round pick Tavon Wilson during free agency. Wilson is expected to contend for a starting spot in training camp.
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