There was a lot of buzzing surrounding this morning’s Matthew Stafford trade rumors. The longtime Lions QB was reported to be on the trading block, prompting the front office to immediately refute them. With half a day to digest what’s happened, one NFL insider had some insight as to what’s going on in Detroit.
On Thursday, NFL insider Ian Rapoport stated point blank that the plan for the Lions is for Stafford to start in 2020. Rapoport further stated that the team is hopeful that Stafford will be able to play beyond that year.
Adding on to the list of reasons that trading Stafford wouldn’t make sense was the coaching moves the team has made. Rapoport pointed out that the team hired Darrell Bevell in order to tailor the offense to Stafford’s skills. Stafford was on pace for one of his best seasons at the time of his back injury.
Finally, the cherry on top that may put the Matthew Stafford trade rumors to bed are the salary cap implications. Per the report, the Lions are looking at about $30 million in dead money if Stafford leaves ($32 million according to OverTheCap.com).
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 13, 2020
Stafford played in only eight games this past year – his first time missing action since 2010.
But when healthy Stafford is about as stout of a starting QB as you could ask for. He’s averaged over 64-percent completion in each of the past five seasons. Stafford also has nine straight years with at least 19 touchdown passes.
Will Stafford return to full strength for the Lions in 2020?