Kelly Stafford says goodbye to Lions: 'Hard to find words to explain what' Detroit means

Matthew Stafford wants out of Detroit, and Lions quarterback Kelly Stafford's wife said she had bouts of "accidental tears" thinking about leaving the city where the couple has had their second home for 12 years.
Matthew Stafford reached out to the Lions after the season to seek a deal, and the organization informed him last week that it would attempt to honor the request.
Stafford has not spoken publicly about his request, and his agents have not returned any comments.
Kelly Stafford posted a picture of the couple hugging in front of Ford Field on Instagram Monday, indicating that a move is expected.
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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford with his wife Kelly Stafford and daughters before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field in Detroit on October 28, 2018.
"Thank you. This place, our home, the people ... it's hard to find the words to explain what this place means to me," wrote Kelly Stafford. "Accidental tears come very often when I think about not being here. This place has supported me through the toughest times of my life and the happiest times and I want to thank you in the right way."
The Lions intend to trade Stafford when the 2021 league year kicks off in March, before a roster bonus of $ 10 million is due.
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Stafford, who turns 33 on February 7, is likely to return at least one first-round draft pick in any potential trade. He has two years left on his contract, his eighth career in the 4,000-yard season, and a number of playoff teams - including the Indianapolis Colts, the San Francisco 49ers, and Washington - can reasonably consider themselves quarterback away from a Super Bowl contender.
Several current or past Lions players, coaches, and their wives liked Kelly Stafford's Instagram post, including Taylor Decker, Marvin Jones, linebackers Christian Jones, Oday Aboushi, offensive lineman Oday Aboushi, and Lions wide receiver coach Robert Prince.
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"Whenever I figure out what the future holds, you'll hear from me again with a thank you that hopefully shows how much gratitude and love I have for this place," wrote Kelly Stafford. "But until then, we'll be enjoying our time in Michigan to the full, because there's really no other place like this."
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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Kelly Stafford's Farewell to Detroit Lions: "Accidental Tears Often"
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