Detroit Lions Sign Former Ohio State Long Snapper Jake McQuaide to One-Year Deal

By Dan Hope on March 19, 2023 at 10:22 pm
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Jake McQuaide’s career as an NFL long snapper will continue in Detroit.

The former Ohio State long snapper signed a one-year, $1.317 million deal with the Detroit Lions on Sunday night, per a report by KPRC’s Aaron Wilson.

McQuaide joins the Lions after two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He was previously the Rams’ long snapper for 10 years.

The two-time Pro Bowler enters his 13th NFL season in 2023. He’s likely to replace Scott Daly, who was the Lions’ starting long snapper in 2022 but had issues with multiple snaps last season.

McQuaide joins a Lions roster that already included three other former Buckeyes: left tackle Taylor Decker, left guard Jonah Jackson and cornerback Jeff Okudah.

With McQuaide back on an NFL roster, Ohio State is in position to have at least two of the league’s 32 long snappers once again in 2023, as Liam McCullough re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons earlier this offseason as an exclusive-rights free agent.

McQuaide becomes the fifth free agent from Ohio State to change NFL teams since free agency began last week, joining defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones (who signed with the Seattle Seahawks), safety Vonn Bell (Carolina Panthers) and wide receivers Noah Brown (Houston Texans) and Parris Campbell (New York Giants).

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