What’s clear after Saturday night’s news after asking around the NFL’s front offices: Matthew Stafford wants to be a winner. He does not care about statistics. He wants a chance to contest the election.
This is a type of his trade request, which the Detroit Lions will honor by exploring the option of quarterbacks on the market. He gave it 12 years in Detroit. it did not work. It is fine for both sides to accept. And there was never a cleaner time to do so, for three reasons.
Age: Stafford turned 33 the following month (well, maybe 40 in the Lions years) and should have a few more prime seasons.
Contract: His deal is appropriate for high-level quarterly standards. Stafford, who is eligible for free agency in 2023, owes $ 53 million over the next two seasons. It is basically the same commitment to Tampa Bay, the last child for Tom Brady. The $ 10 million roster bonus is due on the fifth day of the league year, creating a trade deadline of sorts. And the cap hits for the next two years are $ 33 million and $ 26 million, the first of which could be offset by the Lions absorbing the remaining $ 10 million of the signed bonuses.
Compensation: Stafford would be expensive, but the consensus around the league is that it would not be outrageous. Although Country Watson can justify Pickett’s pretense in any Houston trade, Stafford is generally considered to be in that next tier. And maybe, with a new scene, Stafford’s game hits a new stratosphere.
So what would it take to take Stafford off the lions? And which teams should be in the mix? Here’s how it all happens, based on calls made to execute around the league over the weekend.