Lions Trying To Trade Matthew Stafford

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And that includes face-of-the-franchise types such as Matthew Stafford, whom Bill Smilovitz reports has been involved with trade talks surrounding the quarterbacks "for a couple of weeks".

"100% False!" Quinn texted to the Detroit Free Press in response to the rumors, via Dave Birkett. I imagine trading Stafford would fly in the face of the concept of "winning now" for a general manager and head coach who are on the hot seat.

First, the Lions restructured the quarterback's contract in December, converting a March roster bonus into a signing bonus.

Detroit pick third in the National Football League draft but it's unlikely head coach Matt Patricia, who was spared his job but publicly put on notice by ownership, would push for a developmental-type player at that spot. The duo was retained after a disappointing 3-12-1 campaign, but owner Martha Firestone Ford said she expects the Lions to be a playoff contender in 2020.

Stafford was thought to be part of those expectations as he played well last season before fractured bones in his back forced him to miss the second half of the season. In the eight games, he still threw for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions.

A post from Stafford's wife Kelly on Instagram referenced trade chatter.

The Lions have the 3rd pick in the 2020 draft.

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