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NFL World Reacts To The Matthew Stafford News

A closeup of Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford during a game.

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions on the field against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at Ford Field on December 2, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The NFL's 2021 offseason is going to be an eventful one.

On Saturday night, news broke that Matthew Stafford wants out of Detroit. The star quarterback and the Lions have reportedly decided to part ways this offseason.

Stafford is expected to hit the trade market and the Lions are set to move on from their franchise quarterback ahead of the 2021 season.'s Tom Pelissero first reported the news:

After meetings in recent weeks in which Stafford expressed a desire for a fresh start, the Lions understood his position and plan to begin discussing trade options in the coming weeks for their star quarterback, per sources.

The sides have had open and healthy discussions since the season ended. But with the Lions starting over again, hiring Dan Campbell as head coach and Brad Holmes as general manager, Stafford told the team he feels it's the right time to move on and team officials agreed, per sources.

There has been speculation for weeks that Stafford wants out of Detroit. Now, we know - the former No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick will be playing for a new team in 2021.

We just don't know who that team will be.

The Lions hired a new head coach and a new general manager this offseason. Both hires were reportedly made aware of the situation with Stafford before accepting the jobs, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

So, at least everyone in Detroit is on the same page.

It will be interesting to see where Stafford ends up. Everyone from the 49ers to the Colts to the Patriots has been mentioned as a possible landing spot.