3 Most Likely Starting Quarterbacks for the Lions in 2021

Larry Rupp
The most likely starting quarterbacks for the Detroit Lions in the 2021 NFL season.
The most likely starting quarterbacks for the Detroit Lions in the 2021 NFL season. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images
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The Detroit Lions are making their way through another NFL season in which they won't be among the worst teams in the league, but they also likely won't make the playoffs. They have been finishing in the middle of the pack for the last five seasons and haven't made it past the Wild Card round since 1991.

While quarterback Matthew Stafford is noted as the best to ever play the position for the Lions, he is constantly being surrounded by trade rumors this season. It is possible the Lions want to start completely new in 2021.

With that in mind, here are the three most likely starting QBs for the Bears in 2021.

1. Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford's contract makes him a likely starter for the Lions in 2021.
Matthew Stafford's contract makes him a likely starter for the Lions in 2021. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Matthew Stafford signed a five-year contract extension back in 2017 that ties him to the Lions through the 2022 NFL season. The Lions may be able to secure a trade and send Stafford on his way, but it is equally likely that they aren't able to. Plus, Stafford's dead cap hit falls from $24.85 million to $9.9 million after the 2021 season. He has led the Lions to the playoffs three times in his career and leads the team in multiple all-time passing statistics. If the Lions decide to draft a quarterback, Stafford could remain the starter for a season or two before being replaced.

2. Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold could be a top trade target for the Detroit Lions.
Sam Darnold could be a top trade target for the Detroit Lions. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

Here we have another quarterback surrounded by trade rumors this season. Sam Darnold has struggled this season, but he is a young quarterback that still has a lot of potential. Trading for Darnold would be a way for the Lions to get younger at the position without giving up a high draft pick. Rumor has it the Jets are looking for a mid-round pick in return. Darnold simply needs a change of scenery and could thrive with the young core of offensive weapons the Lions' offense has including Kenny Golladay and D'Andre Swift. Acquiring the former first-round pick is an option the Lions may look into this offseason.

3. Zach Wilson

Drafting Zach Wilson as the team's quarterback of the future could be an option for the Lions in 2021.
Drafting Zach Wilson as the team's quarterback of the future could be an option for the Lions in 2021. / Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

Another route the Lions could go this offseason is drafting one of the top quarterbacks coming out of college in 2021. With a new regime taking over in Detroit, it's possible they want to start fresh with a quarterback of their choosing such as BYU's Zach Wilson. Wilson is a breakout season as he is setting a career-high number in completion percentage (73.0) and has a stellar 27:3 touchdown to interception ratio. He is also among the top five quarterbacks across the country in most passing categories. Plus, Wilson is a mobile threat as he has racked up 8 rushing touchdowns this season. He is widely credited as one of the most underrated players in this upcoming draft and he is projected to be drafted right around the Lions' first round slot.


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