NFL Analyst Tips Matthew Stafford Trade to Be Finalized Soon

Published 01/27/2021, 11:22 AM EST


Matthew Stafford appears to be on his way out of Detroit. The former Pro-Bowl quarterback told the Lions front office this weekend that he wants a trade, and the franchise has agreed to grant him his wish.

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Now, Stafford will be on the market for any team that wishes to bolster its quarterback corps for the upcoming NFL season. NFL analyst Adam Schefter went on The Drive to talk about the future of Stafford.

Schefter believes that despite the trade moratorium not being lifted until March, the Lions could finalize the trade for Stafford in the coming weeks. He doesn’t expect his departure to be a long drawn out saga like other franchise players in the past.

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He said, “I think the Matthew Stafford trade talks will go quicker than people expect. Obviously, no trades can be processed until the middle of March.

“But it could be agreed to today if the Lions wanted. I think they’ll look to do that sooner rather than later.”

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Matthew Stafford underwhelming tenure with the Lions

Stafford entered the NFL in 2009. He was the number one overall pick in the draft and went to the Detroit Lions. Since joining the Lions, he hasn’t experienced much success.

In 2010, Stafford suffered a season-ending injury. But he returned with some fantastic play in order to win the 2011 Comeback Player of the Year award.

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However, Stafford’s career has not panned out the way everyone expected it to. Being a #1 draft pick, Stafford was, perhaps unfairly, expected to help the Detroit Lions get out of their slump and return to winning ways in the NFL.

But the farthest Stafford has been able to bring the team is till the Wildcard round. That in itself has been rare for the Lions.

But now, Stafford has called time on his stint with the Lions. After just 1 Pro-Bowl nomination in his career, Stafford has proven that if given the proper players, he can lead a team to success. The main focus of the Lions will now be finding a trade package suitable for them.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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