By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Lions are under a new organization with first-year GM Brad Holmes and first-year head coach Dan Campbell. Detroit will begin trade talks with teams regarding Stafford this week.
The Indianapolis Colts may be a candidate to make a deal for Stafford. Their former starter Philip Rivers retired at the end of the season.
Barring a restructuring of his contract, it’s going to be difficult to trade Stafford. It’ll take some sacrifice by the Lions to have a better future.
A trade will likely happen before the fifth day of the 2021 league year. That’s when the Lions are responsible for a $10 million roster bonus.
See, if the team releases or trades Stafford before June 1st, they’re going to be responsible for $19 million in a dead cap hit. But at the same time, they’ll also receive $14 million in cap savings.
If Holmes and his new front office wait until after June 1st, they’ll be responsible for a $23 million dead cap him in 2021. Also, the team will have a $6 million dead cap hit in 2022.
The Lions save $10 million if they wait several months. If a post-June 1st trade happens, the team will face the same ramifications as a post-June 1st release.
Plus, in September, the Lions voided all of Stafford’s guarantees for the 2023 season.
Stafford has appeared in 165 games — all starts — for the Lions. He has gone 74-90-1.
He has gone 3,898 of 6224 for 45,109 passing yards. He has thrown 282 touchdown passes and thrown 144 interceptions.
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