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Lions Head Coach Has Strong Message Regarding Matt Stafford Trade Rumors

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford throwing the football in warmups.

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 30: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

There's been a lot of trade rumors surrounding Matthew Stafford this offseason. Since the Detroit Lions own the third overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, many fans are wondering if the team will start over at quarterback.

Stafford missed eight games this past season due to a back injury. When he was on the field for Detroit he looked sharped, throwing for 2,499 yards and 19 touchdowns. At 32 years old, there's plenty of gas left in the tank for the former No. 1 pick.

Detroit has Stafford under contract for the next three seasons. Head coach Matt Patricia was asked about the Stafford trade rumors on Thursday, and it's pretty clear he doesn't want to see the team move on from him.

"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."

Patricia owns a 9-22 record in two seasons as the head coach of the Lions. He needs a productive season to avoid the hot seat.

The Lions would have to deal with $30 million in dead money if Stafford is released or traded this offseason.

At this point, it's tough to see Stafford on the move. Not only would it be a bad move financially for Detroit, but the coaching staff wants him on the roster.