Lions Make Surprising 2020 Matthew Stafford Decision
The Lions made a surprising 2020 Matthew Stafford decision this week.
Fresh off an underwhelming 2019 campaign, the organization committed to Stafford as its franchise quarterback heading into next year.
This past season, Detroit put together a record of 3-12-1. Based on that, some thought that the franchise may opt to start rebuilding and head in a different direction at the quarterback position.
Team management is apparently chalking up last season to a byproduct of Stafford’s back injury, and expects the issue will not continue in the new year.
Speaking to the media this week, Lions general manager Bob Quinn indicated that he does not plan to draft a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
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“Yeah, I’m totally comfortable and happy that Matthew Stafford’s our quarterback,” he said.
“He’s going to be in full health once the offseason program starts its course. He’s pretty much at full health.
“Talked to him about 10 days ago. He was in the office, so he’s feeling great, he’s in a good mindset. He’s excited.”
The danger with back injuries is that they have a tendency to linger sometimes, but apparently that is not a concern for Quinn.
Heisman winning LSU quarterback Joe Burrow would likely be off the board by the time Detroit was drafting, but Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert should still be available.
The 31-year-old Stafford still has three years remaining on his contract with Detroit.