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Lions Notes: Analyst sends Matthew Stafford to Chargers in offseason wish list

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One analyst ships the Lions quarterback off to sunny L.A.

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Despite Detroit Lions executives coming forward to squash any trade rumors, one analyst is still rooting for Detroit to send Matthew Stafford out to the Golden State.

In his offseason wish list, Around the NFL writer Marc Sessler ships the Lions quarterback off to sunny Los Angeles.

“The move is tricky — and highly unlikely — due to the $30 million-plus dead-cap hit the Lions would incur, but everything changes if Detroit snatches a young quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick. Battling to win hearts in Los Angeles, the Chargers could do worse than a household name with a rocket arm. A fresh start would help Stafford, too. His wife, Kelly, is open to this plan, writing on her Instagram story: ‘Well if Detroit is done with us ... I could stay in Cali.’”

You’ll recall Bernie Smilovitz of Detroit’s Local 4 reported that the Lions had been discussing trading Stafford. But Lions general manager Bob Quinn told the Detroit Free Press that’s just simply not the case — “100% False!!” to put it exactly.

Of note, he also sends Phillip Rivers off to join coach Jon Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders.

While Tua believers might support the notion of trading Stafford away, I’m not quite sure that quite falls in line with Martha Firestone Ford’s “must-win-now” decree.

“To be clear, our expectation is for the Lions to be a playoff contender in 2020.”

¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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