Detroit Free Press editorial: Trade Matthew Stafford to AFC

Detroit Free Press Lions writer Carlos Monarrez decided to stir the pot a bit by suggesting a radical move that would remake the face of both the Lions and the Denver Broncos.

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The swap of Matthew Stafford for Von Miller and Case Keenum would not only send shockwaves through the city of Detroit where Stafford has been the face of the Lions for 10 years now, but throughout the NFL. Does the move make sense for both sides? How would the city of Detroit react to Stafford being sent packing after signing a massive deal, at the time the richest in NFL history?

Check out what he had to say..

Good riddance, Vic Fangio.

The Chicago Bears lost their excellent defensive coordinator this week, when the Denver Broncos hired him as their head coach. Under Fangio this season, Chicago’s defense was third overall and first in scoring. Needless to say, the Bears’ loss is the Detroit Lions’ gain.

So good riddance and good luck, Vic.

And now that you’re out of the NFC North, how about a little horse trading for a certain quarterback you’re fond of?

That’s right. Matthew Stafford.

The stars could align for a trade that works out well for both teams. The Broncos need a quarterback. The Lions need an edge rusher, and though general manger Bob Quinn believes Stafford could win a Super Bowl in Detroit, he could easily find another quarterback to fit Matt Patricia’s careful, balanced, ball-control offense.

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Denver could trade perennial Pro Bowler Von Miller, because the relationship has soured between him and general manager John Elway. And the Broncos could throw in Case Keenum to fill the Lions’ void at quarterback.


So here’s what I propose: The Lions should trade Stafford and a third-round pick to Denver for Miller and Keenum. Stafford and Miller’s cap numbers are similar this year. The two-year, $36-million contract Keenum signed last year is trickier, though Denver would get significant cap relief by trading him and the Lions wouldn’t be tied to him long term.

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