Detroit Lions Are Trading Matthew Stafford
The Detroit Lions are trading Matthew Stafford, that much is guranteed.
With the NFL season officially over, planning for next year has begun.
One of the most intriguing teams to keep an eye on over the next few months will be the Lions.
Detroit has the third overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, and the direction they go in with the pick will be very telling of their future aspirations.
According to NFL Network insider Dave Dameshek, the Lions are currently shopping Stafford in possible trades.
“I don’t know about you, but I’m interested to see where Matt Stafford gets traded in the next month or so,” he tweeted out.
If the Lions were to move Stafford, it would result in a dead cap hit of $32 million.
On Monday, Dameshek appeared on Matt Dery’s Locked On Lions podcast to further elaborate on his tweet.
“I have heard from people who would legitimately know that that’s something that has been talked about (trading Stafford) in the last, at minimum, in the last week,” he said.
The big problem facing head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn right now is that there is little reason to believe 2020 will go any differently than 2019.
Yes, Stafford was hurt.
Sure, injuries made the Lions appear to be a worse team than many thought they would be.
But that happens. Injuries occur over the course of a season.
And Stafford, in particular, tends to have a lot of them.
Going into next season with the exact same plan as this year is a questionable strategy.
As such, making a big move makes sense.
Particularly when the team has a draft pick that would allow them to take the second-best quarterback available in this year’s draft.
Is it a lock that Detroit will trade Stafford away? Obviously not.
Is there a very good chance of it happening? Absolutely.