The Detroit Lions have finally admitted they're in rebuilding mode. With head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn having both been fired, quarterback Matthew Stafford is pretty much the only remaining link to the Lions' teams of the mid-to-late 2010s.
But given the direction the organization is headed, it wouldn't be too much of a shock to see the two part ways in the offseason. Financially it could be messy, as Detroit would incur a massive dead cap hit by trading or cutting him, but it'd save money in the long run and could help the Lions restock the cupboard with some real assets.
If the organization does decide to put the former No. 1 overall pick on the market, here are the three best trade destinations for the Lions' signal-caller.
3. The Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team hasn't found a new name yet, but they'd have a new identity if they landed Stafford. The pieces are all there in Washington. All that's missing is a real threat at QB, and Stafford certainly fits the bill. Washington is projected to have the fifth-most cap space in 2021 ($50 million), so the organization does have some room to spend big in the offseason. Giving Stafford a truly elite defense and a dominant threat like Terry McLaurin would make this team an NFC East contender for the foreseeable future.
2. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are the dream destination for pretty much any quarterback in the league. No one is capable of doing more with less than Kyle Shanahan, and Stafford would likely be the best pure talent the offensive guru has ever worked with. San Francisco would of course have to part ways with Jimmy Garoppolo, but GM John Lynch can get out of that deal without incurring much of a penalty in the offseason. If the 49ers can make this work financially, adding Stafford would instantly put them back atop the best division in football.
1. Indianapolis Colts
Philip Rivers is only on a one-year deal, and he's not exactly a surefire bet to be back with the Indianapolis Colts next year. If the 39-year-old calls it a career at the end of the season, or the Colts simply feel the need to upgrade the position, they shouldn't have much trouble. Indianapolis is projected to have about $67 million in cap space for 2021, per Spotrac, giving them plenty of flexibility to go out and make a real splash. Frank Reich would probably be the best offensive mind Stafford has ever worked with, and it'd be refreshing to see the Georgia product finally play behind an elite offensive line. Though the financial aspect could be tricky (for both sides), this move would immediately transform the Colts from a fringe contender into a legitimate Super Bowl threat.
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