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Lions, Matthew Stafford Split Is Finally Happening, Team Exploring Trade Options

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.

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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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. I’ve loved Stafford to the Pats for a while. “It’s right like that.”

    Colts would be good too. But I hope he goes to New England. Belichick will put the kybosh on big mouth Mrs Stafford.

  2. Hard to stay healthy when your O-line is Swiss cheese and your running game stinks year in and year out. I saw a stat that the Lions have only had something like 5 100-yard rushing yards in his 10+ year career. That’s almost impossible to do for a pro franchise.

  3. 13 years in the league and no major accomplishments other than some accumulated stats.

    nothing wrong with the guy, but he lacks something. he is missing the winning edge and he is too expensive for any team.

    Brady has the entire league confused and rushing to duplicate a super team.

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