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NFL Exec Suggests This Star QB Could Be Traded

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, one NFL executive predicted that the Detroit Lions could trade star quarterback Matt Stafford. According to the piece from Mike Sando for ESPN.com, the exec thinks Matt Patricia wants someone more like Tom Brady.

Here's what he had to say, via Bleacher Report.

"[Head coach Matt] Patricia and [general manager Bob] Quinn both spent a long time in the Patriots' organization, where they watched Tom Brady very closely," an insider said. "They are going to want somebody who prepares and manages the game more like Tom."

Another exec agreed. "Patricia is going to say, 'This is not the guy that is going to get me fired,'" the second insider said.

It would be a bold move for the Lions that would have a significant impact on the rest of the NFL. Moving a star quarterback is tough from a PR standpoint, but it would also be difficult financially.

As Justin Rogers of the Detroit News explains, it would cost the Lions more to trade Stafford than to keep him.

"In 2019, he's set to have a cap hit of $29.5 million, but also carries $30 million in dead money, tied to his $50 million signing bonus. That means it would cost the Lions more cap space to trade him than to keep him, and that's not even factoring in the cost of a potential replacement."

Would Matt Patricia trade his star quarterback?

[Bleacher Report]