Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford Could Get Traded to These NFL Clubs
With news coming out that the Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford are agreeing to part ways, it’s time to figure out where Stafford should go.
Detroit is in the midst of another rebuild and another head coach.
Recently, the Lions hired former NFL tight end, Dan Campbell to be the team’s new head coach.
But, it definitely is time for the Lions and Stafford to go their separate ways.
Detroit has not built a stable team around Stafford and he deserves a chance to play for a possible contender next season and beyond.
Stafford, 32, proved he could still play QB in the NFL.
This past season, the signal-caller threw for over 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns. Stafford only had 10 picks.
Let’s take a look at some possible landing spots for No. 9.
People keep mentioning the Colts as a potential landing spot and I can’t ignore that.
The veteran QB market is thin and Stafford could play in the NFL for another five years or so.
The Colts probably don’t want to rely on a rookie to guide their offense through the postseason next year.
So, it makes sense for them to acquire a veteran guy.
The Colts have the salary cap space to absorb Stafford’s contract.
However, do the Lions want the 21st overall pick in this year’s draft and additional picks from Indy? Or would the Lions prefer to have a higher selection as well as a bunch of picks?
San Francisco 49ers
Like Indy, the Niners need to get a quarterback to complete the championship puzzle.
San Fran has the No. 12 overall pick in this year’s draft and Detroit could find a nice QB with that selection.
The Niners want to improve the QB position by replacing Jimmy Garoppolo, especially since he doesn’t look like a special talent.
John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have done as much as they could to build a Super Bowl contender over the past couple of years.
Now is the time to be aggressive and get Matthew Stafford before someone else does.
Washington Football Team
Washington also needs a QB, especially if they cut Alex Smith.
Smith is owed about $40 million the next two seasons, but Washington could cut him this offseason and only deal with a dead cap hit of $10.8 million.
Matthew Stafford would give head coach Ron Rivera and his defense some much-needed help in 2021.
The NFC East figures to get better quarterback play next year and it is only fitting for Washington to follow suit.
WFT will have the 6th most salary cap space in ’21, so it’s a bit easier for them to take on Stafford’s contract.
The former Georgia Bulldog and 2009’s No. 1 overall pick is supposed to make $43 million over the next two years.
New Washington GM Martin Mayhew helped Detroit draft Stafford in ’09. Mayhew was the Lions GM from 2008-2015.
New York Giants
The G-Men looked solid under new head coach Joe Judge.
New York also became a threat to win the NFC East down the stretch in 2020-21.
Even though the defense took strides, it was Big Blue’s offense that sputtered.
Daniel Jones doesn’t seem like the future leader of the Giants and maybe that kickstarts a trade for Matthew Stafford.
GM Dave Gettleman might want to accelerate the rebuilding process a little bit by acquiring Stafford.
In return, the Lions could get Jones and some draft capital. That way, Detroit isn’t empty-handed at the QB spot as they transition into 2021.