(670 The Score) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and the organization have mutually agreed to part ways, which means he’ll soon be shopped on the trade market.
It projects to be an offseason of quarterback change across the entire NFL landscape, and the Bears are one of the teams in need of a new leader to pilot their offense. Would Stafford be a fit in Chicago?
That answer is yes, 670 afternoon host Danny Parkins argued on his show Monday. Of course, the more important questions are whether the Lions would be willing to trade Stafford inside the division and what type of offer the Bears could extend.
To the latter point, Parkins would happily trade the Bears’ first-round pick in the NFL Draft, which checks in at No. 20 overall, for Stafford – and they’d probably have to offer more.
“I’d give up the 20th pick in the draft for Matt Stafford in a heartbeat,” Parkins said. “And I think it’s going to cost more than that, for the record, but I would trade the Bears’ first-round pick for Matt Stafford in a nanosecond.”
The Lions figure to have a strong market for Stafford. The Patriots, Saints and Colts are three teams with solid foundations that are or will be in need of a proven quarterback who can win now, and the 49ers also are rumored to be looking to move on from Jimmy Garoppolo.
Stafford, who turns 33 in February, threw for 4,084 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 16 games in 2020. The Lions have made three playoff appearances in Stafford’s 12-year career but haven’t won a game there. Parkins believes Stafford will "flourish" on his next team.
“He was on the Lions – this is a bad franchise,” Parkins said. “Matt Stafford is not the problem with the Detroit Lions. He’s a beloved teammate, a leader, tough as hell, plays through injury.
“I’m in on Matt Stafford.”