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NFL players react to inevitable Matthew Stafford trade

A bunch of Lions, past and present, had thoughts on Stafford’s upcoming t rade.

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For the second day this week, the Detroit Lions sent shockwaves throughout the January sports scene. This time, it wasn’t because of a wacky press conference, but a decision that could impact several different teams in 2021 and beyond. The Lions and franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford have agreed to part ways, meaning it’s no longer a matter if the Lions trade Stafford but when. Maybe one day this team can make January news for the right reasons.

Anyway, given that the face of this franchise for the past dozen years will be playing elsewhere next season, plenty of Lions players, both past and present, went to social media with thoughts. Some were emotional. Some were analytical. Some were critical of the Lions. Some were praising the Lions.

First, let’s look at some of the reactions of current Lions players. Jamal Agnew and Tyrell Crosby were in their feels, while linebacker Reggie Ragland was simply in an honoring mood.

The next set of former Lions just celebrated Stafford’s amazing career thus far and wished him well ahead.

Then, we end with two former players with very different views of the franchise. Former safety Glover Quin thinks the Lions are actually in the wrong here. They shouldn’t trade him, Quin argues. They should release him and let him choose where to play next.

That’s... ummmmm... interesting:

However, former Lions receiver Golden Tate feels notably different about the situation. He calls the Lions and the Ford family “class acts” for letting Stafford chase a championship elsewhere rather than having to sit through another rebuild.