Dan Campbell calls Matthew Stafford trade talks “hot and heavy”

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Lions coach Dan Campbell says Matthew Stafford trade talks are heading up.

Campbell told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that Stafford talks have gotten “hot and heavy.” Ian Rapoport of NFL Network adds that a trade is expected to be agreed upon before the Super Bowl, although the trade can’t actually be consummated until the start of the league year in March.

The Lions and Stafford mutually agreed that Stafford will be traded, and the only remaining question is where he will go and how much the Lions will get back. The team is seeking at least a first-round draft pick.

Once Stafford is traded, the Lions begin the long process of rebuilding a team that is near the bottom of the league in terms of its overall talent level right now. The good news for the Lions is that they’ll be rebuilding with a healthy amount of cap space and draft picks. Campbell and new General Manager Brad Holmes should have the ammunition to turn things around.

61 responses to “Dan Campbell calls Matthew Stafford trade talks “hot and heavy”

  1. I’m happy for Stafford- anxious to see where he ends up. I’ll be happy with anywhere but Pittsburgh.

  2. Refreshing to see how on the surface this guy is. But let’s hope he keeps quiet about whom they’re drafting and what plays they’re calling.

  3. Why would a team give a Rd1 pick for a QB entering his mid 30’s who has never won a playoff game – especially when they would have to start over in a whole new system?

  4. It’s unfortunate Stafford won’t be around for what is shaping up to be the most competent front office and coaching staff of his tenure. The fans here really wanted him to deliver us a championship in the vein of Alan Trammel, Isaiah Thomas and Steve Yzerman of the other three majors.

    While he holds his fair share of some of the failings to do so, it wasn’t entirely his fault. Management routinely made boneheaded personnel decisions most notably failing to field a running game for his entire time here and some of the worst defensive play in the history of the franchise under Quinn-Tricia.

    Hopefully we can get something decent for him and in return, he can go to an organization that knows how to win.

  5. This could be an interesting week for Detroit. They could deal Stafford to Indy, SF or WFT
    for a first and something else and then they could also get a few extra picks by doing the Rams a favor and taking on Goff’s monster contract. That was probably the only reason Holmes was taking to his old boss Snead.

  6. Why would a team give a Rd1 pick for a QB entering his mid 30’s who has never won a playoff game – especially when they would have to start over in a whole new system?

    Because Sammy Sleeves netted a 1st

  7. He is the best choice out there and probably the cheapest. Who wants the other huge contracts drawn up by bonehead GMs? Plus losing some valuable firsts? No thanks. I am curious to see if Stafford can translate to another team. He probably has more mileage left than Rivers did.

  8. wryly says:
    January 30, 2021 at 12:41 pm
    Why would a team give a Rd1 pick for a QB entering his mid 30’s who has never won a playoff game – especially when they would have to start over in a whole new system?

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    Understand your logic, but you also have to consider who the guy had around him- ie the caliber of front office and coaching. Yes, great QBs make everyone better, but even great QBs need support of consistently decent people around them.

  9. This is a great hire! Not so much for the Lions, but for us! I can’t wait until the losses start to mount. He’s going to give us great sound bites.

    He may even take out an opposing coaches knee. LOL!

  10. It’s Detroit’s turn to get a winner – the other two teams on Lake Erie finally turned the corner, so it would be nice to see Detroit do so too.

  11. If I am being selfish, I would like him to go to the Broncos, but for Stafford’s sake I hope he goes to the Colts.

  12. I will be surprised they actually get a first round pick for him… I will be downright SHOCKED if they get a top 10 pick.

  13. Rams fans shouldn’t get excited about Goff taking Stafford’s place in Detroit. Trading Goff before June 1 is a $65M cap hit for 2021. Trading after June 1 only drops that to $50M. The Rams can’t absorb the cap hit because they’re millions over the estimated 2021 cap already. Stafford will be moving on to hopefully a better situation (IMO, deservedly). But Detroit will incur a $19M cap hit trading Stafford. Detroit isn’t about to take on Goff’s onerous contract.

  14. Why would a team give a Rd1 pick for a QB entering his mid 30’s who has never won a playoff game – especially when they would have to start over in a whole new system?

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    Tom Brady is entering his mid 40’s, so the age doesn’t concern me in today’s NFL where you’re not allowed to touch the QB, and offensive linemen are allowed to hold. But also, it only takes one team. Many of the current GM’s will be fired within the next 3-5 years do to incompetence. You just have to find the guy who’s willing to buy a bridge, and that shouldn’t be too difficult. Plus, Detroit is starting over, so they’ll be flexible with the draft pick if they find a buyer. Also, a good scout realizes you don’t necessarily need a top ten draft pick to find a franchise QB. We’ve been watching Brees and Brady go back and forth with all the all-time passing records, and one was a 2nd round pick and the other a 6th rounder. Aaron Rodgers was a late first rounder. On the other hand Stafford, Jameis Winston, and several other consensus overall #1 picks never won.

  15. For anyone judging Stafford by his playoff wins???? Lions have a history of building “only one good player” teams. No one judges Barry Sanders by the number of his Super Bowl wins. I still think that with some talent around him Stafford could win games.

  16. A sleeping giant has been awoken in Detroit, they are getting back to basics in blocking, catching, running, tackling, passing.

  17. A first rounder for him? No way. He’s a really good QB who never had anything around him. But not a first rounder.

  18. I absolutely hate the idea of the Rams dumping Goff on the Lions. I sure hope Brad Holmes is smarter than that. The fans in Detroit just went through all that w Quinn and a bunch of ex Pats.

  19. wryly says:
    January 30, 2021 at 12:41 pm
    Why would a team give a Rd1 pick for a QB entering his mid 30’s who has never won a playoff game – especially when they would have to start over in a whole new system?

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    Especially one who turns the ball over too much, has taken a beating in his career and will probably want a new contract with a trade.

  20. Healthy amount of cap space? Thats not very true at all sorry. They could if they eat a ton of dead cap and let go of 6-8 guys including Coleman,Trufant,Shelton,James,Williams,Jones,Daniel but as it stands before a Stafford trade they don’t have enough for thr draft class even.

  21. the most intriguing scenario I can come up with for Stafford is him taking Brees place on the Saints.. Sean Peyton offense with an accurate passer as Stafford would continue their success for many more years….

  22. I think the problem with recent Lions team isn’t the lack of talent but rather the lack of coach and scheme to properly use that talent. Don’t blink NFL!

  23. Good for him i hope he goes to a good team and enjoys the rest of his career! True pro and always played through injuries.

  24. I didn’t think we were hot and heavy. I mean – I mean, who’s hot and who’s heavy?

  25. And we the football observers call everything to come out of Dan Campbell’s mouth “HOT AIR.”

  26. Dan Campbell is the most entertaining coach in Lions history so far….now he is Seinfeld saxophonist John Jermaine.

  27. I was sorry to see Campbell leave the Miami Dolphins. Although I didn’t think at the time he was ready to be the head coach I was hopeful the Fins could have worked something out to keep him as some form of coach. He always had tons of positive energy to lift the players up.

  28. Looks like we found out Hill isn’t the answer. If Winston isn’t, either, then I’d like to see the Saints make a run at him.

  29. Stafford to WFT in return Lion’s get Sweat and their first round pick (19) , reasoning: Washington has a lot of first rounders on the d-line and contracts are coming up and at 19 that pick is not as attractive as many others , gotta sweat’en it up 😉

  30. For those people that question Staffords ability to learn a new scheme, he has already done it several times. Detroit isn’t a bastion of security for coaches. He would be a major upgrade for most teams.

  31. bloodonhishands says:
    January 30, 2021 at 1:46 pm
    No GM in his right mind would take on Goff’s contract.
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    The NFL is littered with such GM’s.

  32. The fact that he has never won a playoff game is not his fault.
    This organization has been poorly run for 50 years.
    People who say things like this simply don’t watch football (other than maybe highlites of their favorite team)

  33. Stafford to the Saints? Are they going to pay him in po’boy sandwiches, cus that’s all they can afford.

  34. The Colts would be a perfect fit for him. The Saints would be as well, but they seem ready to roll with Taysom Hill. I could see Carolina making a run at him as well.

  35. The sports trading market is a fickle beast. Player wants out. Demands a trade. Lowball offers ensue. Player and team agree to a trade scenario, market is hot and heavy. Crazy thought. Both scenarios end up the same.

  36. Stafford is a bargain for any other team.

    You get a journeyman decent QB for 2 years at around mid QB cap in the league. Lions get to keep his signing bonus on their cap.

    Gives you time to get a young QB up to speed.

  37. Dan Campbell: “And when you knock us down, we’re going to get up, and on the way up, we’re going to bite a kneecap off, all right, we’re going to stand up and then it’s going to take two more shots to knock us down. And on the way up, we’re going to take your other kneecap, and we’re going to get up and it’s going to take three shots to get us down.” Hmm, now why would Matthew want a trade again? It’s a mystery to me, since this is totally how winning coaches talk.

  38. ee00ee says:
    January 30, 2021 at 2:21 pm
    I think the problem with recent Lions team isn’t the lack of talent but rather the lack of coach and scheme to properly use that talent. Don’t blink NFL!
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    You’d be okay then if the Lions return all of their starters from the worst defense in the NFL in 2020.

  39. I think he is going to Dallas for a 3rd most likely but it could be one of those performance based deals where it turns into a 2nd.

  40. Kinda like Elaine Benes and John Germaine all over again with the hot and with the heavy. How did THAT turn out?

  41. In college I pursued a girl “hot and heavy”…. well, actually for me, not so much for her!

  42. Patriots are not in the Stafford sweepstakes. Bill does trades clean and neat. He doesn’t get into bidding wars even when he’s selling. All the yapping by Detroit smells of Irsay, a guy who craves attention. An outside chance would be Jones who may not want to pay Dak’s price.

  43. Goff, Stafford, Watson, Wentz and lots others too. Give a QB 3 years and evaluate whether you want them. If not, trade them, if so, buy them. If you buy them (e.g. Watson) live with your decision.

  44. “Why would a team give a Rd1 pick for a QB entering his mid 30’s who has never won a playoff game – especially when they would have to start over in a whole new system?”

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    Simple answer? Supply and demand. Some teams will have to overspend.

  45. I’m expecting this to mostly just be him trying to rile up the market. If, however, Stafford does move, this could be the most movement at the QB position in one off season in memory for me. Stafford, Watson, Goff. I would be surprised if the Colts didn’t jump in and get one of these guys.

  46. If the Steelers were to swing a trade for him and surround him with a supporting cast they would no doubt make the playoffs. Then be one and done because Mikey T can’t manage a game.

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