The media outlet that ignited the frenzy of Matthew Stafford trade rumors is doubling down.
“We stand by our story and by our sources,” a new submit on Detroit’s WDIV Community 4 reads. “We are only reporting trade talks for Stafford and individuals talks have certainly taken spot.”
The story was initially noted by the station on Wednesday night, with statements that resources shut to equally parties told him the Lions have been actively shopping 32-calendar year-outdated Stafford. Individuals discussions “have been underway for a couple months.”
Lions normal manager Bob Quinn vehemently refuted the report.
“100% Phony!!” Quinn wrote in a textual content to the Detroit Totally free Press.
The media outlet’s protection normally takes a Kafkaesque change, citing a series of Instagram stories posted by Kelly Stafford, spouse of Matthew Stafford, that predated their report.
“We locate huge validity in what we are reporting because of what Kelly Stafford posted on Instagram,” the article on WDIV Local 4 reads. “Before our report was manufactured, she posted that if Detroit was carried out with her partner, then they would like to go to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers need to have a quarterback immediately after Philip Rivers remaining.”
Kelly Stafford posted two screenshots of a FanDuel short article titled, “3 Most Probable Trade Places for Matthew Stafford If the Lions Draft a QB.” The write-up lists possible landing places for the Pro Bowl quarterback with the text, “Well if detroit is performed with us…” and “I could continue to be in Cali…” overlaid. The second screenshot stated the Los Angeles Chargers as the leading trade location, which is near to just one of the Staffords’ homes in Newport Coastline.
“The reality that Kelly posted that prior to our report tells us issues were being heading at the rear of the scenes, and our sources later confirmed it,” WDIV reported.
Soon after a 3-12-1 complete, the Lions have the No. 3 over-all choose of the 2020 NFL Draft and could take into account drafting a quarterback as an insurance policies plan in light-weight of Stafford’s injuries background, but the state of affairs in which the Lions deal him appears not likely. A recent agreement restructuring means buying and selling or reducing Stafford would incur a $32 million lifeless cap hit, according to Spotrac. The cap strike is $21.3 million if he stays on the roster.
The former No. 1 general select from Georgia has invested all 11 of his NFL seasons with the Lions. He commenced eight game titles in 2019, throwing for 2,499 yards and 18 touchdowns, ahead of suffering a thoracic fracture towards the Raiders in November. He missed the remainder of the year, ending a 136-game streak of regular-season begins.