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ALLEN PARK, MI, January 22, 2021 ~ Matthew Stafford has spent his entire NFL career with the Lions. During this time, he has made 282 touchdown passes and over 45,000 passing yards, both records for the franchise. Stafford’s contract with the Lions goes until 2023, though this past weekend, multiple reports surfaced that the quarterback and the team are parting ways. Even Matthew’s wife Kelly posted a letter of goodbye to the City of Detroit on her Instagram account.
After 12 years, three playoff appearances and not a single playoff win, it is easy to see why he is ready for a new beginning. Sources say that Matthew feels now is the right time to move on. The Lions are completely rebuilding, and both parties agree that now is the time.
“It’s hard every time,” said Stafford. “Difficult, disappointing … all of those words come to mind. I want to win, want to be in those games more than anything.“
The trade will cost Detroit $19 million, though that is $14 million less than it would cost to keep him till the end of his contract. Nothing is certain yet, though possible options for the 33-year-old quarterback include Denver, Indianapolis, Washington, New England and San Francisco.
January 25, 2021 ~ New Lions General Manager Brad Holmes talks with Mitch about the team’s future, with thoughts on new Lions Head Coach Dan Campbell, and the team’s agreement to trade Matthew Stafford during the off season.
January 25, 2021 ~ The DetroitLions.com Columnist talks to Paul W. and Steve about Sunday’s NFL playoff games and the Lions‘ decision to let Matthew Stafford pursue other options.
January 25, 2021 ~ Mitch Albom talks to Paul W. about the Lions’ decision to let Matthew Stafford move on to another team.