Let me begin by saying that it pains me to even write this article because I know there is absolutely no chance in hell that it will actually happen. Matthew Stafford will be the Detroit Lions quarterback in 2021, just like I said he will be the Lions quarterback in 2020.
That being said, there are a solid amount of Stafford haters, or as I like to call them, people who do not understand what a good quarterback looks like, who have been trying to drive the former No. 1 overall pick out of town for most of his career.
Anyways, those people want to move on from Stafford and I am sure this proposed blockbuster trade from Bleacher Report will get them all excited, so here we go.
Bleacher Report recently put out an article with potential trades that could happen in regards to Houston Texans quarterback, Deshaun Watson, who is one of the best young signal-callers in the NFL.
So, here ya go.
This scenario would require quite a few pieces to fall into place. After all, the Detroit Lions owe veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford $33 million in 2021, and we’re still waiting to find out who will serve as the general manager and head coach next year.
But there’s a chance the incoming regime will prefer to start from scratch. Stafford has led the team to exactly zero playoff wins in 12 seasons, and Detroit can save $14 million by trading or releasing the soon-to-be 33-year-old this offseason.
That could enable them to chase Watson with the No. 7 overall pick in this year’s draft, along with a second-rounder this year and a first-round selection in 2022. That may or may not suffice, but it might be worth the offer if you’re essentially getting Watson instead of Wilson or Lance and you think you can compete enough next year to diminish that 2021 draft capital you’re selling off.
A steeper alternative could be an offer that sends 2020 No. 3 overall pick Jeff Okudah to Houston along with the 2021 No. 7 overall selection and some extra draft capital tantamount to a Day 2 selection. But I’m sure a lot of Lions fans would be infuriated by such a package since Stafford is still more than capable at a lower salary than Watson.
But if the stars aligned, would Detroit even be compelling enough for Watson to waive his no-trade clause? That’s the great unknown with all these situations, though it would sure help the Lions if they were to re-sign impending free-agent receiver Kenny Golladay.
Can I go back to drinking my coffee now?