Stafford told Detroit-area reporters Tuesday that the team keeps him in the loop on free agent moves and asks for feedback. He also makes an occasional recruiting pitch, like the phone call he made to Nate Burleson when free agency opened.
“It’s exciting to be able to bounce ideas — I think they know I know a
lot of the guys in the league and the personnel pretty well,” Stafford said. “It’s fun to
be able to help out a little bit.”
It’s hardly new for a quarterback to have this sort of sway, but it says a lot that Stafford is already at this level. He was scheduled to be graduating college this Spring.
Stafford is already throwing “full speed” after his late season shoulder injury. He’s not yet running after offseason knee surgery, but will be ready for the team’s first on-field workouts.
His health, of course is paramount. As Stafford goes, so will the rest of the organization.