Deshaun Watson isn’t the only franchise quarterback available via trade this offseason. Matthew Stafford will apparently be moved at some point as well.
According to Tom Pelissero with the NFL Network, the 32-year-old, former No. 1 overall pick has mutually agreed with the Detroit Lions to part ways after 12 seasons. The team will reportedly explore potential trade options in the coming weeks.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 23, 2021
It will be interesting to see what type of compensation Detroit will get for Stafford. Yes, he’s several years older than Watson, but he’s still a guy who can help a team win football games — as long as he’s healthy.
In his 12 seasons, Stafford has thrown for 45,109 yards and 282 touchdowns, both franchise records. He’s struggled to stay healthy, but the pure arm strength and overall ability are still there. There should be plenty of suitors.
According to the Pelissero, the Broncos, Colts, Panthers, Patriots, Saints and Washington Football Team all make sense. I would also add the Pittsburgh Steelers to that discussion, even if they did just sign former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins.
People have always wondered how Stafford would do outside of Detroit. As much success as he’s had in the production department, the overall team success has been underwhelming. It looks like we might finally get that opportunity.
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