First, it’s important to note that getting past his monstrous cap hit to the Lions if he were traded is an extremely difficult task. His five-year, $135 million contract comes with a $30 million hit against Detroit if he were to be traded. So again, this is unlikely.
That being said, Matt Stafford will be turning 31 and entering his 11th season as the starter of the Detroit Lions, and to date, he’s done nothing overly significant. The Lions have yet to win a playoff game since he took over back in 2009, and what’s more concerning is that he had a significant regression this past season which was just one part of the reason the Lions are picking eighth in the draft with a 6-10 record.
This year was Stafford’s worst yardage total, second lowest touchdown total, and second worst QBR in the last eight seasons.
Stafford, however, would represent an improvement over Case Keenum, and he fits the ideal quarterback mold that John Elway looks for. In fact, his game is very similar to John Elway’s too.
Moreover, I am willing to chalk this season up to the fact that the offense, in general, wasn’t clicking and Detroit was more than okay shipping off Golden Tate midseason after losing Eric Ebron in free agency. At halfback, there’s the often injured Kerryon Johnson and ageless wonder LeGarrette Blount so again, nothing to write home about.
It would likely take a 1st and a 4th, and the cap piece would be a fun puzzle, but this would signal to Denver Broncos fans everywhere that Elway thinks this team is just a quarterback away.