Dan Patrick reports that a former SEC QB, top 10 pick were offered for Matthew Stafford
The Denver Broncos were in on the Matthew Stafford trade discussions, at least with an offer, according to a report from syndicated radio host Dan Patrick.
Patrick said on his show that former Mizzou star Drew Lock and the Broncos’ first-round pick, No. 9 overall, were offered to the Lions for Stafford. Of course, Stafford last week was traded to the Los Angles Rams for Jared Goff. The Lions also received two future first-round draft picks and a third-round pick.
“The Denver Broncos made a pretty good run at Matthew Stafford,” Patrick said. “… Drew Lock is not as good as Jared Goff, and although you’re getting the ninth pick overall, if I’m Detroit, I still like what they did, but Denver did try.”
The Associated Press previously reported that the Lions had several offers for Stafford, and they all included first-round picks, according to someone with direct knowledge of the situation. Stafford was made aware of the teams that wanted to acquire him, and the Rams were one of the franchises he was excited about potentially joining, according to the person.
Detroit drafted Stafford out of Georgia with the hopes he could end the Lions’ drought of just one playoff victory since winning the 1957 NFL title. Stafford became a very productive quarterback, but went 0-3 in the 2011, 2014 and 2016 postseasons. He is No. 16 on the league’s career list with 45,109 yards passing and 282 passing touchdowns while playing on just four winning teams and no division champions.
Lock’s future is uncertain in Denver after the Broncos recently hired a new general manager, George Paton.
Lock, in his first full season as the starter, flashed his potential at times, especially down the stretch, including his four-touchdown day Dec. 13 against the Carolina Panthers and his 339-yard, two-touchdown day in the season finale, ESPN reported. But he also finished the year last among the league’s starting quarterbacks in completion percentage (57.3) and tied for the most interceptions (15) as the Broncos had the worst turnover margin in the league (minus-16).
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) February 4, 2021