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If you believe the hype machine from NFL media ‘insiders,’ this offseason is going to be “historic” when it comes to quarterback changes around the league.
We’ve already seen veteran quarterback Philip Rivers call it a career, announcing his retirement from the league, and there’s still a chance the likes of Drew Brees, Alex Smith and Ben Roethlisberger will follow.
One quarterback though who will be playing in 2021 and who is very much looking for a new team is Lions longtime QB Matthew Stafford.
Sunday it was reported that Stafford and the Lions had decided to part ways. Detroit is now looking for a trading partner for the 12-year-vet who was their first overall pick back in 2009.
Stafford is now 32 years old, but would make a solid starting quarterback for just about any team in the league that needs someone under center.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network says that, as of now, the Lions are getting plenty of inquiries about Stafford, and the usual suspects are all on the list.
Teams that have expressed an interest in Stafford include the Colts, 49ers, Patriots, Broncos, Panthers, Raiders, Rams, Texans, Cowboys and the Football Team.
That’s 10 teams right there, and you know that there’s a couple of dark horses in the mix that haven’t even begun to make an offer as of yet.
The good news for the Lions is they have the ace card in this game of poker, Stafford, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them get a first-round pick and possibly even more for the veteran quarterback.
Quarterback remains the most important position on the field for any team, and with a new coach and new GM, the Lions are ready to collect as many assets as they can and turn the page on Stafford in 2021.