Perez recently attended the XFL Summer Showcase in St. Louis, which had former AAF fans hoping for a return in the XFL. With Perez joining Detroit, this makes him the fourth QB signed to the team. He joins starter Matthew Stafford, Tom Savage (injured) and Josh Johnson. The Lions play their last pre-season game this Thursday against the Browns, so cuts in this role are inevitable. The only question remaining is will the Lions hold on to three QBs for the season, or make the cut down to two?
After winning the Harlon Hill Award, the D-II version of the Heisman Trophy, for Texas A&M-Commerce following the 2017 college season, Perez went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Perez spent the 2018 offseason with the Los Angeles Rams but was waived after the preseason. That’s when he found his way to the ill-fated AAF. He had an up-and-down ride with the Birmingham Iron, completing just 52.3 percent of his passes and throwing 6 INTs to 5 TDs in eight games. Perez also ran for 75 yards.
Once the AAF folded, Perez signed with the Philadelphia Eagles but was cut after rookie minicamp.