The Detroit Lions selected QB Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and he's been a fixture on the team ever since. However, it appears the Stafford era in Detroit is coming to an end.
The organization has reportedly agreed to mutually part ways with its franchise passer this offseason. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Stafford is apparently eyeing the Indianapolis Colts as his destination for the 2021 NFL season.
Matthew Stafford Colts Rumors
A potential marriage between Stafford and the Colts would make a ton of sense for both sides. It's also backed up by the odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook, which list Indianapolis as the favorite to land the Georgia product.
If he lands with the Colts, he'd be joining a roster with an elite offensive line (a luxury he never had in Detroit), an emerging skill-position group and a dominant defense. Stafford has also famously never had a reliable running game with the Lions and Jonathan Taylor, who ran for 1,169 yards and 11 TDs as a rookie in 2020, would give him that and then some.
Projected to have $68 million in cap space for 2021, No. 3 in the NFL per Spotrac, the Colts could absorb Stafford's $33 million cap hit and still have room to re-sign talent and make upgrades in free agency.
If Indianapolis can pull it off, Stafford could be playing on a Super Bowl contender before we know it.
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