Matthew Stafford’s Business Opportunities: Five Teams Most Likely To Close Lions Deal

Matthew Stafford's Business Opportunities: Five Teams Most Likely To Close Lions Deal

Matthew Stafford is on the move! Well, not yet, but it will be. The Detroit and Stafford Lions have spent a few weeks after the offseason pondering their options and they have reportedly agreed to go their separate ways. The next step in the process will be for the Lions to open up the phone lines and begin making offers for their franchise quarterback. The auctions are expected to be heavy. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL NeworkStafford has expressed a desire for a fresh start in recent weeks and the Lions have agreed to put him on the trading block. The two teams have had “open and healthy” discussions since the end of the regular season, and with a new head coach in Dan Campbell and a new offensive coordinator, this certainly seems like the right time to make a change.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Lions are expected to receive at least one first-round pick in exchange for Stafford, even though there are plenty of quarterbacks reportedly in the market this offseason. So which teams would give up their first round for the appellant’s veteran? Several teams are expected to generate a lot of interest.

Below, we’re going to break down five teams that should at least pick up the phone and call the Lions about their quarterback. Stafford has a lot of connections in the league so he could play under a head coach or general manager he knows in 2021.

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As RJ Blanc from CBS Sports Noted, new Washington GM Martin Mayhew was GM in Detroit when Stafford was drafted with the first pick in 2009. It turned out to be a great move and the University of Georgia prospect has set several franchise and NFL records during his tenure with the Lions. Washington has Alex Smith, who made a remarkable comeback in the NFL last season, but has struggled to stay healthy due to other lingering injuries. Washington had to pitch mate Taylor Heinicke in his postseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Washington has an all-star receiver in Terry McLaurin, a talented 2020 rookie running back in Antonio Gibson and an elite defense that is highlighted by a defensive line made up of all the first-round picks. Even with a healthy Smith, Washington could level up to quarterback, and it’s a move that could potentially make him a legitimate candidate. Washington is expected to call and see if the Lions accept the No.19 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Philip Rivers recently announced his retirement, so naturally the Colts are also looking for a new starting quarterback. Like Washington, they’re a team that appear to be just a quarterback, but they’re much closer to being a legitimate contender. Rivers led the Colts to an 11-5 record last season – which was their best campaign since 2014. It’s a franchise that has had some bad luck with the quarterback position since they split from Peyton Manning. Andrew Luck decided to hang up his boots early, Jacoby Brissett didn’t take advantage of his opportunity as a starter, and then Rivers gave Indy just one season. Stafford is on contract for two more years and appears to have plenty more. He also still has elite arm talent and knows how to distribute the ball among several talented players, so that he can adapt well …

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