Dolphins trade back market adds contender with Matthew Stafford news
Perhaps the Detroit Lions should have designed a number 3 quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. Remember, it was the Detroit Lions who consistently piqued their interest in a quarterback prior to last April's NFL draft - their goal of persuading another team to jump to 3rd place to pick a quarterback and the Lions a handsome price to pay for their problems.
But now the shoe is on the other foot for Detroit - and this time around, Miami is the team that got the idea to move down for a shipload of picks. According to a report by ESPN.com's Adam Schefter, longtime Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and the team have agreed to split:
In an agreement that both sides have discussed and mutually agreed upon, quarterback Matthew Stafford is expected not to return to the Lions this off-season. Detroit is listening to trade offers for its former number 1 starting this week, league sources Adam of ESPN shared with Schefter on Saturday.
With new general manager Brad Holmes and new head coach Dan Campbell, the Lions will soon start trade talks that will most likely result in a new quarterback - largely influenced by what and who the Lions will get in a deal for Stafford, ESPN said.
Lions are expected to receive at least one selection for the first round, league sources said.
This is a big "whoops" for Detroit, whose decision to pass either Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert in 3rd place in April will create unnecessary drama on their quarterback transition - plus the added cost the Lions may need to do "to get her husband" ”. And if Detroit is determined to secure a quarterback, Miami should be the first team they call. For the dolphins the attraction is obvious. The team is keen to add broad recipient help to the space and DeVonta Smith of Alabama is the most popular contender to date for the selection. If Miami moved from # 3 to # 7 in the April draft, there is a very real possibility that Smith will still be on the board.
Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence
New York Jets: QB Zach Wilson or QB Justin Fields
Detroit Lions (via Miami to Houston): QB Justin Fields or QB Zach Wilson
Cincinnati Bengals: OT Penei Sewell
Philadelphia Eagles: WR Ja'Marr Chase or WR DeVonta Smith or CB Patrick Surtain II or CB Caleb Farley
At the very least, Miami would likely see two of the top three recipients in this year's class still on the board, making up for a whole load of picks in the process. And with Detroit closer to the top of the leaderboard than many other quarterback-hungry teams, this is a huge win for Miami's trade-back prospects. We'll see the dolphins tackle their best asset in the weeks and months to come. But with the playoffs not over yet, it is clear that the team will have a multitude of options.
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