NFL News of March 29, 2004

Assuming Rick Mirer passes his physical this week, the Detroit Lions have their third-string quarterback for next season.

…Mirer, 34, fills the vacancy left by the departure of Ty Detmer to Atlanta. He has a history with Mariucci and quarterbacks coach Greg Olson, having been with them at San Francisco.

Although Seattle took him with the second pick in the 1993 draft and he showed promise early in his career, Mirer never blossomed into the quarterback the Seahawks expected.

He has bounced around the NFL in recent years, primarily as a backup. The exception was last year, when he started the final eight games for the Oakland Raiders after being forced into duty Nov. 2 in a 23-13 loss to the Lions.

Against the Lions, Mirer completed 15 of 28 passes for 125 yards and was intercepted twice after replacing injured Marques Tuiasosopo.

—Curt Sylvester, The Detroit Free Press “Lions, backup QB Mirer reach deal”

2004 was Mirer’s twelfth, and final, year in the league and the Lions were his 7th career team. He did not appear in a game for the Lions.

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