Who says no to this Patriots trade for Matthew Stafford?


Things are getting interesting when it comes to the quarterback market in the NFL.

First came word that Deshaun Watson wanted out of Houston, targeting the Jets and Dolphins as his preferred landing spots. Then Saturday night Adam Schefter dropped the news that Detroit and its quarterback Matthew Stafford were ready to part ways.

This, of course, should be of some interest to the Patriots.

So ... Who says no?

Patriots get: Stafford.
Lions get: The No. 15 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The case for the Patriots to go after Stafford is an easy one considering we're talking about a quarterback who is coming off a season that included more than 4,000 throwing yards and 26 touchdowns. He also has two more years left on his contract, carrying cap hits of $20 million and $23 million in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

The downside? Stafford has only appeared in three postseason games since becoming the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, losing all three. He is also going to be 33 years old next month.

And if the Patriots do give up that first-round draft pick they could be potentially be passing up on their quarterback of the future in exchange for a couple of years of Stafford.

There is also the presence of Stafford's former head coach in Detroit Matt Patricia, who was just recently re-hired by Bill Belichick in New England. That can potentially offer some additional insight into the quarterback, although it is unclear how the relationship between the two might impact things.

Perhaps Detroit would want more than just the one draft pick for the face of its franchise, which might be a non-starter for the Patriots considering the value of their highest draft pick in years.