Bob Quinn On Stafford Trade Talks: "100% False!!"

It's been rumored Detroit could move on from its franchise QB.

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February 13, 2020 - 8:50 am

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With a short emphatic message, Lions general manager Bob Quinn shot down a report that the team is in talks to trade Matthew Stafford. 

"100% False!!" Quinn said in a text message to the Free Press

It was reported late Wednesday night by WDIV that the Lions have been engaged in Stafford trade talks for "a couple of weeks." This comes on the heels of various reports over the past month, mostly from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, that Detroit could move on from its franchise quarterback

The Lions hold the third overall pick in the draft, and it's been rumored they could take Tua Tagovailoa. But Quinn has said over and over they're committed to Stafford. 

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On top of the fact Quinn and Patricia are facing a win-now mandate in 2020, Detroit would incur a $32 million cap hit if it traded Stafford.

A trade might not be out of the question down the line, but right now it just doesn't make sense. 

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That doesn't eliminate the possibility of the Lions drafting Tagovailoa, however. They could opt to groom the Alabama QB for one season under Stafford and then deal the veteran next offseason when it will cost less against the cap. 

Either way, Stafford will be part of the picture in 2020.