Detroit Lions actively seek to trade QB Matthew Stafford, sources say
In an arrangement the two sides have discussed and mutually agreed upon, quarterback Matthew Stafford is expected to not return to the Lions this offseason, with Detroit listening to trade offers starting this week, league sources told ESPN on Saturday.
With new general manager Brad Holmes and new head coach Dan Campbell now in place, the Lions will soon begin trade discussions that most likely will result in a new quarterback for the team -- largely influenced by what and whom Detroit will get in exchange for Stafford, sources told ESPN.
The Lions are expected to receive at least a first-round pick, league sources said.
Stafford approached the Lions about the possibility of a trade being in the best interest of both parties, but the franchise tabled that discussion until completing the coach and GM searches, a source told ESPN's Michael Rothstein.
Holmes and Campbell were told before they were hired that trading Stafford could be a possibility, sources told ESPN. Stafford then had a call with higher-ups -- including Campbell and Holmes -- late this week and the decision was made to pursue a trade, a source told Rothstein