Earlier this month, a local Detroit news station reported the Detroit Lions were considering a trade. According to the report at the time, the Lions were reportedly shopping star quarterback Matt Stafford.
The Lions immediately came out against the report, suggesting Stafford is the quarterback of their future. Head coach Matt Patricia made it clear the organization doesn’t plan to part ways with Stafford before the 2020 season.
“It’s comical. Not interested in doing anything with that,” Patricia said. “It’s not even a conversation. He’s one of the reasons I came to Detroit.” Despite Patricia’s strong stance, a new report suggests a trade is still possible.
NFL insider Michael Silver suggested the Lions don’t want to trade Stafford, but the star quarterback wants out. “Some general managers and coaches around the league believe Stafford is the one who wants the Lions to move him,” Silver said.
Here’s the report.
Finally, in my @nflnetwork segment, I said this in reference to the Matthew Stafford trade rumors: some GMs and coaches around the league believe Stafford is the one who wants the Lions to move him… an interesting twist on this story. Stay tuned.
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) February 28, 2020
The former No. 1 overall pick likely won’t be traded, even if he wants to be. Patricia and the Lions are in a “win-now” situation, with his job being on the line if Detroit has another losing season.
Stafford was also off to the best start of his career, throwing for nearly 2,500 yards and 19 touchdowns in the first eight games in 2019.
Oh, he’s also on the hook for $32 million in 2020.