Detroit Lions are looking into trading quarterback Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 26, 2020.
The Detroit Lions drafted Matthew Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009, and he has two years left on a five-year, $135-million contract.
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The Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford are planning to part ways.

The Lions and Stafford have mutually agreed to explore the possibilities of trading him, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. The person spoke Saturday night to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team and Stafford did not announce the decision.

Stafford expressed an interest in being traded after the season ended and the team responded by tabling the idea until a new general manager and coach were hired, the person said. Stafford was on a call with Lions general manager Brad Holmes and coach Dan Campbell earlier this week, according to the person, and they discussed moving on without each other.


Detroit drafted Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009, and he has two years left on a five-year, $135-million contract.

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Stafford surpassed the 45,000-yard mark in the 165th game of his career, the fewest games an NFL player has had to reach that number, during the finale of the 2020 season. He threw three touchdown passes in that game against Minnesota to raise his career total to 282.

Like many of Stafford’s accomplishments in Detroit, they were marred by a loss as the Lions fell to 5-11 last for their third straight double-digit loss season. His career record dropped to 74-90-1 in the regular season.

Detroit drafted the strong-armed Stafford out of Georgia with the hopes he could help the franchise have playoff success, building on the one playoff victory it has earned since winning the 1957 NFL title.

Stafford, though, was 0-3 in the 2011, 2014 and 2016 postseasons.

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The Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots are among the teams that might have an interest in Stafford, who turns 33 in February.

Stafford earned Pro Bowl recognition in 2014 season and was the AP’s comeback player of the year in 2011 after bouncing back from an injury-stunted start of his career. He is No. 16 on the league’s all-time list with 45,109 yards passing and 282 passing touchdowns.

Playing for a team that was often trailing, he has led 31 fourth-quarter comebacks in his career and earned 38 victories with game-winning drives.

Detroit drafted Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah last year No. 3 overall, passing up on quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert.

The Lions have the No. 7 overall pick this year and likely will be looking for a quarterback, possibly Buckeyes star Justin Fields.

Lions hire Aaron Glenn as defensive coordinator

In other news Saturday, the Lions hired Aaron Glenn to be their defensive coordinator.

Glenn joins Campbell’s staff after spending the last five seasons as the secondary coach for the New Orleans Saints.

Before his tenure in New Orleans, Glenn was an assistant defensive backs coach for the Cleveland Browns. He also worked as a personnel scout for the New York Jets for two seasons.

Glenn was a three-time Pro Bowl choice as a player and played in 205 games in 15 years for the Jets, Texans, Cowboys, Jaguars and Saints.