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Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions to part ways this offseason

Detroit drafted Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009 and he has two years left on a $135 million five-year contract Detroit drafted Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009 and he has two years left on a $135 million five-year contract
Cary Erickson | 24 January, 2021, 11:19

Stafford approached the team after the season ended January 3, and suggested a trade may be in the best interest of both him and the team.

The longtime Lions starting quarterback has informed the team that he would like to make a fresh start, according to ESPN.

NFL.com's Tom Pelissero says the Lions will begin trade discussions with interested parties "in the coming weeks". He has two years and $43 million remaining on his deal.

The Lions are expected to receive at least a first round pick for Stafford.

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Stafford would end his career as the team's all-time leader in passing yards (45,109) and touchdowns (282). There remains a very, very slim chance Stafford could stay in Detroit, should Holmes not find what that source called "fair market value", but that really shouldn't be an issue.

Of course, there is no shortage of QB-needy teams in the National Football League, even among contenders.

The Lions made the playoffs three times with Stafford at the helm, but still have yet to win a playoff game since 1991. The franchise's overhaul that produced a new general manager Brad Holmes and new head coach Dan Campbell will also include change on the field. Both men were reportedly aware that they would be looking for a new QB when they took their jobs.

The Lions finished 5-11 and will pick seventh overall and are expected to target a quarterback in the NFL Draft.