With the Lions cleaning house, QB Matthew Stafford‘s future with the organization has been a hot topic of late.
Jason Cole of B/R spoke to five general managers around the league who expect there to be around 3-4 teams with interest in Stafford in the event Detroit makes him available for trade.
The GMs said that Stafford is simply “too talented” with one of them specifically mentioning that it would be “insanity” for the Lions to trade him at this point. However, another GM believes there are still too many questions about Stafford, which could lead to whoever takes over as Lions GM looking for a quarterback they believe in.
Should the Lions field offers for Stafford, Cole lists the Texans, 49ers, Browns, and Jets as teams who could have interest and are in need of quarterback help. According to Cole, Stafford’s base salaries in 2016 and 2017 won’t be an impediment to a potential trade.
NFL teams reportedly believe Stafford is far more talented than any of the young quarterbacks in next year’s draft class, which could boost the level of interest in Stafford should he be available for trade.
Stafford, 27, has come under a great deal of criticism this year after the Lions got off to a disappointing 1-7 start to the season.
He has three years remaining on his five-year, $76.5 million contract that included $41.5 million guaranteed. Stafford will make base salaries of $9.5 million (2015), $17 million (2016), and $16.5 million (2017) over the remainder of the agreement.
This season, Stafford has thrown for 2,083 yards while completing 64.5 percent of his passes to go along with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions over the course of six games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the worst quarterback out of 35 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Stafford’s future with the team as the news is available.