Allen Park, Mich.- The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed
free agent QB Shaun King and released G David Loverne. Terms of King's
contract were not disclosed.
King (6-1, 228) is a six-year veteran who has played in 34 career games (24
starts), and has accumulated tallies of 415-for-736 passing (56.2 pct.) for
4,566 yards and 27 touchdowns. On the ground, he has garnered 454 yards on
113 carries (4.0 avg,) and five touchdowns. He most recently spent the 2004
season with the Arizona Cardinals as a backup, and played in three games
(two starts) while going 47-84 (56.0 pct.) for 502 yards and one touchdown.
He was released by the club March 9, 2005.
Prior to signing with Arizona as a free agent in 2004, he spent five seasons
with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As a starter during his first five seasons,
he has a 14-8 record and guided the Buccaneers to the NFC Championship game
following the 1999 season and a playoff appearance in 2000. He served as a
backup during the Buccaneers run to the Super Bowl XXXVII title. King was
originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round (50th overall) of the
1999 NFL Draft.
As a rookie in 1999, King led Tampa Bay to a 4-1 record in the final five
weeks of the regular season and to a 14-13 win in the NFC Divisional round
over Washington before falling 11-6 to the St. Louis Rams in the NFC title
game. He became just the sixth rookie quarterback to start a playoff game
since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger and was one of just two rookie quarterbacks to
win a playoff game.
Loverne (6-3, 299) singed with the Lions on March 24, 2004 and started at
left guard for the first 13 games of the2004 season. He did not see action
during the first four games of the 2005 season, and then was placed on the
Reserve/Injured list October 14, 2005 due to a bicep injury. He spent the
2003 season in St. Louis after he was acquired by the Rams in a trade with
Washington February 28, 2003 along with a 2003 fourth-round draft pick in
exchange for RB Trung Canidate. The Redskins acquired him from the New York
Jets April 8, 2002 in a trade for an undisclosed draft pick. He originally
entered the NFL as a third-round draft selection (90th overall) by Jets in
1999 NFL Draft.