Detroit Lions GM candidate Louis Riddick: Matthew Stafford should be Lions' QB in 2021

The next general manager of the Detroit Lions will make a decision about Matthew Stafford's future, and one person interviewing for the job said it was an easy decision.
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick said on Get Up this week that Stafford should remain as a Lions quarterback in 2021 and beyond.
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"Matthew Stafford should be sitting right where he is," said Riddick. "They're building around it, Detroit will be fine. Does that answer your question?"
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford warms up before taking on the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, November 22, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Stafford, who will turn 33 in February, has been the subject of ongoing trading speculation since the end of last season when he broke his back that kept him out of the last eight games.
The Lions finished the 3-12-1 and had the third drafting choice, but passed young quarterbacks Justin Herbert, alleged attacking rookie of the year, and Tua Tagovailoa.
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Stafford put his house up for sale shortly after it was drafted and although the house was withdrawn from the market, trade speculation has subsided throughout the season.
The Lions stand in line 5-9 for another top 10 and possibly top 5 pick that includes a top quarterback prospect like Justin Fields from Ohio, Zach Wilson from BYU or Trey Lance from the state of North Dakota. After the sacking of head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn, they face an offseason of change.
Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp said last month that the new hires will determine Stafford's future in Detroit. Part of the decision could be how big the rebuilding project is for this team.
Stafford, who suffers from rib and thumb injuries, has two years left on his contract and would carry a dead cap number of around $ 20 million if traded this off-season.
They have serious gaps to fill in the broad receiver positions and throughout defense this off-season and will likely need to extend it over the next 20 months if they intend to build with it beyond 2021.
Stafford, who has already undergone two managerial and one general manager changes in Detroit, declined to speak about his future last month and said he would speak about it at the end of the season. But one of his good friends, ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky, suggested on Twitter that parting ways might be in the best interests of Stafford, who many in the NFL agree has never gotten the respect he deserves, because he's in Detroit.
"I think (it's the same) old story," said Bruce Arians, manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this week. You can be a great player, if your team doesn't win, you won't get what you deserve and he made a lot. "
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Riddick is one of seven people known to have been interviewed for the Lions GM job, along with in-house candidates Kyle O'Brien, Lance Newmark and Rob Lohman and former GMs Rick Smith, Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli.
Former Browns player Louis Riddick is a Monday Night Football analyst for ESPN.
On Get Up, presenter Mike Greenberg asked reporter Adam Schefter if Stafford could be a candidate for the New England Patriots next season.
Schefter said Stafford's future was "uncertain" because the new faces who will lead the team asked Riddick, another panelist on the show, how he would see Stafford.
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"Look, Matthew Stafford is a good quarterback," said Riddick. "Matthew Stafford is a really good quarterback. He needs a few pieces. He has a good left tackle, a good offensive center, two good running backs. You have some problems with wide receivers in terms of unrestricted free action."
The Lions have a recipient under contract for 2021, rookie Quintez Cephus. Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, Jamal Agnew, Mohamed Sanu and top receiver Kenny Golladay will be unrestricted free agents in March.
Golladay will miss his 10th game of the season on Saturday with a persistent hip injury. Stafford will start despite his injuries.
Contact Dave Birkett at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.
This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions GM Candidate Louis Riddick: Stafford Should Be QB in 2021

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