Matthew Stafford has spent his entire career with the Detroit Lions, but there are many people wondering if that’ll change this offseason. Some have speculated if the team will make a change at quarterback prior to the 2020 season.
Detroit could select a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Tua Tagovailoa might be available at that spot, and the latest update on his health should put any concerns about his long-term status to rest.
In the event that Detroit does make a change at quarterback, it would give Stafford the chance to revitalize his career with another franchise. However, it doesn’t sound like the front office has any plans to ship him out of town.
Lions general manager Bob Quinn sent a text to the Detroit Free Press that said any trade rumors involving Stafford are “100% False!” This isn’t the first time that Quinn publicly came out to support his quarterback.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) February 13, 2020
The main concern for Stafford is that he’s dealt with several injuries over the past few years. He appeared in only eight games this season due to a nagging back injury.
Stafford has three years remaining on his contract, but the Lions could get out his contract in 2021.
If the Lions were to cut or trade Stafford this season, the team would have to eat $32 million in dead money.
Make no mistake, there will be plenty of teams interested if Stafford if Detroit places him on the trading block.