This isn’t a case of reading too much into anything said during either Brad Holmes or Dan Campbell’s introductory press conferences this week when reporters brought up the name Matthew Stafford. This isn’t a case of believing Boomer Esiason when he says, “He wants out, from what I hear.” This isn’t a case of getting caught up in all of the op-eds about quarterback-needy teams being interested in acquiring Stafford this offseason.
Alright, so it’s all of those things.
But this year, it feels possible. In past years, it’s been discussed and debated about all over the place, but it’s always been nothing more than offseason fodder—be it for salary cap reasons or whatever.
Let’s get right into today’s Question of the Day...
What’s an acceptable return for Matthew Stafford in a trade this offseason?
All in all, it really depends on where you sit with your understanding and expectations of this football team during an intensely transitionary period. With a new general manager and coaching staff being implemented and tasked to not only repair the culture of this team, but evaluate the talent in an effort to reshape this roster in their vision, is Stafford a building block? Is he a foundational piece you don’t want to pull out from underneath what very little there already is to build upon?
Or is it time to finally take things in another direction? As yet another coaching and front office regime are ushered out of Allen Park during Stafford’s tenure in Detroit, is it time for the new group to finally turn the page?
What if it is? Or what if Stafford really does want to move on in his career with another franchise? What, then, is an acceptable return for a franchise quarterback closer to the twilight of his career than his prime?
For me, it starts with a first-round pick in 2021, and also a second-round pick either this year or next year. From there, it’d be interesting to see if Holmes would prioritize getting further draft capital, or wanting a player in exchange for Stafford—think the Alex Smith deal when he was sent to Washington for Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick.
Either way, bottom-line, the return for Stafford would have to be a significant one for me to think Holmes and/or Campbell would consider trading Stafford.