CBS Sports considered the Detroit Lions as an ideal landing spot for one of the NFL's most accomplished quarterbacks.

Detroit Lions GM Brad Holmes and head coach have been clear in their desire to upgrade the team’s depth at the quarterback position this offseason. With Jared Goff as the only quarterback currently under contract with the Lions, one incredibly interesting free-agent option might be worth kicking the tires on.

Former NFL MVP Cam Newton is searching for a new home in 2023. To give teams a look at his abilities, Newton threw at Auburn’s Pro Day earlier in the week.

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Set to turn 34 this offseason, Newton’s best days are behind him. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of providing some quality insurance in a backup role.

In fact, CBS Sports recently listed the Lions as one of six teams that make sense for Newton.

"Dan Campbell likes him some tough guys with spunk, and Newton is precisely that. More importantly, Detroit doesn't have a single QB other than Jared Goff under contract. Perhaps another big splash is coming in the draft, but unless the Lions really shoot for the stars and pursue, say, Lamar Jackson, they could still use proven insurance as they prepare for a playoff bid."

With Newton comes plenty of attention, which puts an unnecessary amount of pressure on Goff as the team’s starter. Newton has accomplished many things in his 11-year career, but serving as a full-time backup could create some friction if things aren’t going well early on in the season.

Detroit could turn to the draft to take a chance on a young quarterback with a much higher upside. But if one of the team’s preferred prospects gets plucked before the Lions go on the clock, Newton would be a fine fall-back option. 

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