There’s a new regime in Detroit, and fans are hoping it isn’t the same old results. Detroit has been up and down over the Stafford era with a majority of the problems lying on the QB himself.
It’s not like the team was built with zero talent around the QB with a cannon arm. WR’s Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate alone had number 1 receiver type talent. Johnson was a superstar in his time as well.
In 2019 Stafford will be paid a base salary of $13.5 million. His cap hit for next season jumps to $29.5 million. Those are some huge numbers for a team who is going into another rebuild.
Stafford himself has been a very underrated QB throughout his career according to his numbers. In his ten seasons, he has amassed a record of 64-72. He has thrown for 37,590 passing yards, 233 touchdowns, and 128 interceptions.
Running through the rumor mill today is that the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions have been in talks about a potential trade. With that amount of cap hit involved, it’s not an easy trade to pull off.
Blake Bortles just re-signed on a deal that makes his 2019 cap hit $20 million. The Jaguars sit at a 2019 cap room of -$12 million. Anything can happen in the NFL but it looks like there’s a very slim chance that this trade gets pulled off.
At this point in time there are much fewer teams looking for a high paid QB. Most teams have a guy or they have their guy of the future.
Eli Manning of the New York Giants is on his way out of the league. If that happens this offseason look for the Giants to make a move on Stafford. The Giants won’t want to go full new QB rebuild after signing Odell to that giants extension.
John Elway over in Denver is always looking for a cannon arm. I wouldn’t be surprised if Denver cut Case Keenum and went tried to trade for the more accurate passer.
The situation down in Tampa Bay is an interesting one. They could be in the market for a new QB if they choose to let Jamies Winston go. That seems extremely likely at this point after his suspension and benching. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been rather good this year, but he is not a long term option.
With the cap hit Stafford commands, I don’t see the lions being able to move him very easily. I think he will remain with the Lions through the end of this contract. My odds are 10/1 that he ends up being traded.
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