Detroit Lions new general manager Brad Holmes passed on adding a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft, including Justin Fields and Mac Jones, who were on the board when the club selected offensive tackle Penei Sewell No. 7 overall.

In doing so, the Lions brass left ?Jared Goff? as the unencumbered QB1 in Detroit.

Goff told reporters Thursday that he'd discussed with the team brass about the possibility a quarterback could be drafted.

"We had some talks before the draft," Goff said. "Again, I think it's a nice vote of confidence obviously for me. I think what's not lost on me is their first move as a staff, Brad and (coach) Dan (Campbell), involved me. It's exciting, and it makes you feel good."

The Lions signaled that QB wasn't high on their priority list when they converted $20 million of Goff's 2021 salary into a signing bonus, essentially tying him to the club for the next two seasons (Detroit would take a dead-cap hit of $30-plus-million by cutting him in 2022).