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Matthew Stafford Explains Why He Requested Trade From Lions

Isaiah De Los Santos
Former Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford explained why he felt a trade was right.
Former Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford explained why he felt a trade was right. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images
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The Detroit Lions and franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford amicably parted ways this offseason when he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams. It was something both parties agreed was best, but it was certainly a big decision to split after 12 seasons together.

Stafford recently opened up about the trade, explaining why he decided it was time to move on.

"And any time you switch GMs and a head coach, you know that they’re going to want to bring their own people in, and that’s going to take time. And I, frankly, didn’t feel like I was the appropriate person to oversee that time."

Matthew Stafford

Stafford shows nothing but respect to the Lions, understanding that they were headed for a transition period following the team's struggles in 2020. The 33-year-old QB didn't think his talents would best be utilized there, and that ultimately led to a deal.

Now, Detroit has a "bridge" QB in Jared Goff to lead them as they enter a new era, while Stafford's arrivial in LA has solidified their championship chances in 2021.


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