Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions reportedly make decision on QB's future
It is an end of an era in Detroit for former Georgia star QB Matthew Stafford.
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported that the Lions and Stafford have mutually agreed to part ways this offseason and the team will begin exploring trade options in the coming weeks for their star QB. This news came after the Lions made changes to their coaching and front office staffs.
Pelissero reported that after meetings in recent weeks in which Stafford expressed a desire for a fresh start, the Lions understood his position and plan to begin discussing trade options in the coming weeks for their star quarterback, per sources.
The sides have had open and healthy discussions since the season ended. But with the Lions starting over again, hiring Dan Campbell as head coach and Brad Holmes as general manager, Stafford told the team he feels it’s the right time to move on and team officials agreed, per sources.
Stafford was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, and has spent his entire 12-year career in Detroit, as he put up franchise records with 45,109 passing yards and 282 touchdown passes while playing through a myriad of injuries under three different head coaches and making just three playoff appearances without a win.