Matthew Stafford is legitimate option for Patriots, as Lions reportedly will look to trade QB

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If the Patriots want to go the veteran route at the quarterback position this offseason, a big name will be available.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Lions and Matthew Stafford are expected to part ways this offseason with the organization listening to trade offers for the 32-year-old.

In 2020, Stafford finished threw for over 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns. He's thrown for more than 4,000 yards in all but one of his seasons where he played the full 16 games.

Stafford is signed through 2022 and has cap hits of $20 million in 2021 and $23 million in 2022.

The Patriots will certainly be in the QB market this offseason, but it's unclear what direction they will look to go -- whether it be a veteran or drafting a player at that position early in the draft. It should also be noted the team now has Matt Patricia on the staff, who worked with Stafford during his time in Detroit.

It's also unknown at this time what the Lions are looking to receive in return, but New England does have 10 draft picks (includes compensatory picks), including No. 15 overall.