It’s official, Matthew Stafford will not return to Detroit ending his tenure with the Lions. Stafford and the Lions have agreed to mutually part ways and he can seek a trade partner. Stafford was the #1 pick of Detroit in the 2009 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, Matthew Stafford never won a playoff game for the Lions during his time there. Despite being in the league as long as he has, Matthew Stafford will turn 33-years-old next month. With Matthew Stafford still being young, he probably still has a good 5 years left in him. I’m happy they decided to let a franchise player leave and get an opportunity for success elsewhere. Detroit didn’t allow Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson to do this which prompted them to retire early. There are plenty of teams that could use him, check out these 7 possible trade destinations for Matthew Stafford.
The Indianapolis Colts is coming off an impressive season as they made the playoffs. They fell to the Buffalo Bills 27-24 but had a great chance of winning that game. Philip Rivers retired from the NFL and that leaves a void for the Colts at the quarterback position. Indianapolis has some great pieces on both sides of the ball and have the second most cap space in the entire league. Matthew Stafford would have a great running game, offensive line and wideouts at his disposal. With the roster to go along with cap space, adding Stafford would make the Colts a Super Bowl favorite.
New England Patriots
We all know that the Patriots struggled at the quarterback position last year with Cam Newton. Bill Belichick is still looking for a quarterback to replace the aura of Tom Brady. Matthew Stafford would be a great option, but would he entertain that offer? The Patriots have no weapons at the receiver position unless they go after a couple available via free agency. How was Stafford’s relationship with Matt Patricia? As we all know, Patricia is headed back to New England and is probably high on Stafford. Matthew Stafford would definitely be an upgrade at the quarterback position if he were to land in New England.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were in the Super Bowl a year ago, but injuries ruined their season this past year. Jimmy Garoppolo is slated to be the quarterback next season, but many people don’t think he will be back. Matthew Stafford would be an upgrade over Garoppolo in my opinion. If healthy, San Francisco has the weapons on offense that could make them one of the better ones in the league.
Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team would be an amazing spot for Matthew Stafford to play. Washington has one of the best defensive lines in the league. They are probably a quarterback away from making an impact in the NFC. With a quarterback like Stafford, this would allow the defense to get the proper rest before going back on the field. Martin Mayhew is the new GM for Washington and he was the GM in Detroit when they drafted Matthew Stafford.
With the Bears not giving Mitchell Trubisky his 5th year option, Chicago could be a viable option. They still have Nick Foles on their roster, but he had a very lackluster time last season. Matthew Stafford would give the Bears a legitimate quarterback to go with that defense. Would the Detroit Lions trade Stafford to a division rival? This would be a long shot and one the Lions probably would not make.
New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is expected to retire, and the Saints still have a wonderful team. Taysom Hill is signed, but I don’t think he could be the full-time starter for this Saints team. Jameis Winston could also be an option, but would the Saints bring him back to be the starter? Matthew Stafford would be great with this offense with Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas.
The Denver Broncos finished another season without a playoff appearance and it’s getting frustrating. Drew Lock has shown glimpses on being a good starter, but Matthew Stafford is an upgrade. The Broncos still have a good defense, but the offense has struggled a lot. With the young pieces in place, would Stafford entertain playing with such an inexperienced group? Denver haven’t found a reliable quarterback option since Peyton Manning retired.