Talk Around NFL Is Lions Could Move Stafford: Report

If traded, he'd have a dead cap hit of $32 million in 2020.

Evan Jankens
January 24, 2020 - 9:55 am
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Earlier this week, South Florida Sun-Sentinel NFL columnist Omar Kelly got Detroit fans talking when he reported the Lions are in play to take a quarterback in this year's draft.

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He doubled down Friday morning with the following report: "Man....@BartScott57 is clearly hearing what I was hearing at Mobile. The talk in NFL circles is that Matthew Stafford might be on the move this offseason."

If traded, Stafford would have a dead cap hit of $32 million in 2020, followed by $19 million in 2021. And the Lions, in theory, could replace him with Tua Tagovailoa with the third overall pick. 

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Stafford was enjoying a career year in 2019 before his back injury, ranking among the top five quarterbacks in all major statistical categories. 

If the Lions part ways with Stafford this offseason, does that mean Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia are under less pressure to win next season than we thought?

Does it mean they feel confident enough to win without him? 

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Or does it mean that Stafford's injured back is worse than what was told to the media? 

Or ... are the Lions leaking these reports in an attempt to drive up the price of their pick? There are multiple teams picking behind them, including the Dolphins, believed to be interested in trading up for Tagovailoa. 

After all, Quinn made it clear just a few days ago that the Lions are committed to Stafford moving forward.