Lions Cut QB Connor Cook & S David Jones, Sign QB David Fales & OL Luke Bowanko

The Lions announced Monday they’ve signed OL Luke Bowanko and QB David Fales to their 90-man roster. 

To make room, Detroit waived QB Connor Cook and S David Jones

Cook, 25, was taken by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was entering the third year of his four-year, $2.959 million contract and set to earn a base salary of $630,000 when the Raiders waived him coming out of the preseason.

Oakland waived Cook at the start of the 2018 season and he later signed on to the Panthers’ practice squad. However, Carolina released Cook in October and he later signed on to the Bengals’ practice squad.

Cook signed a futures deal with the Lions at the start of 2019. 

In 2016, Cook appeared in one game and thrown for 150 yards while completing 14 of 21 passing attempts to go along with one touchdown and one interception.

Fales, 28, was taken in the sixth round of the Bears back in 2014. He was unable to make the 53-man roster coming out of the preseason during his rookie year.

Fales was on and off of the Ravens’ practice squad throughout the 2016 season before the Bears signed him to their active roster.

From there, Fales signed on with the Dolphins in 2017 and returned to Miami last year on a one-year contract. 

In 2017, Fales appeared in two games for the Dolphins and completed 67.4 percent of his passes to go along with 265 yards passing, one touchdown, one interception, eight yards rushing and one touchdown.

Bowanko, 27, is a former sixth-round pick out of Virginia by the Jaguars in the 2014 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $2.3 million rookie contract and made a base salary of $690,000 in the final year of the deal in 2017.

After three years in Jacksonville, the Jaguars traded Bowanko to the Ravens for a seventh-round pick before the start of the 2017 season. Bowanko then signed with the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on a one-year, $835,000 contract in 2018. 

New England released Bowanko with an injury settlement before the start of the 2018 season. He later signed on with the Redskins in November and played out the season for them. 

In 2018, Bowanko was active for seven games for the Redskins and started the last three games of the season. He played 244 snaps total for the team according to Pro Football Focus. 

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