Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is officially on the trade block after it was reported by NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the Lions and Stafford agreed to part ways this offseason.
Should the Denver Broncos go after Stafford in an effort to have more stability at the quarterback position? The 32-year-old quarterback could be just what the Broncos need to turn things around.
We asked the hosts of Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan to give their thoughts on Stafford and what they would offer Detroit to see him in a Broncos uniform. Here’s what they had to say:
Mark Schlereth: A 1st rounder and a 3rd rounder. Ideally, I’d try to get creative and make it next year’s 1st to keep No. 9. After calling several Lions games the last few years, I believe Matthew Stafford is still an elite talent. The roster in Detroit was one of the worst I’ve ever seen, especially on the defensive side, and Stafford somehow got them to five wins. If he’s available to the Broncos, George Paton should go after him aggressively.
Mike Evans: A 1st rounder and 3rd rounder. In a perfect world I’d like to trade back and send something like the 19th pick in the draft. But that’s not going to happen so I’d give up the ninth pick. Contrary to the disinformation campaign that DMac wages against me, I don’t mind investing a high pick in a situation like this. Stafford is a proven commodity. Not draft “fill in the blank” with any of four or five quarterbacks. I look at the NFL in three to five year windows. Stafford would fill that window nicely. It worked alright for some guy named Peyton Manning!
Orlando Franklin: A 1st rounder, Jurrell Casey and AJ Bouye. I Like Matthew Stafford because he immediately upgrades this offense. You’re going to get more production out of Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, Noah Fant, Albert Okwuegbunam, Courtland Sutton, because he’s done it in the past. The wide receivers, tight ends, running backs, with a guy like Stafford, those guys are going to work even harder because they know every time they break the huddle they’re going to get the opportunity to get the ball. The big reason I want Stafford is because of how long he has played in the league — he truly understands defenses. When you get a veteran quarterback with a coach like Pat Shurmur, who is stuck in his ways, Stafford will know when he breaks the huddle if the play will work or doesn’t, but he can also operate from the line of scrimmage and change up the whole structure of the play.
Sandy Clough: This year’s 1st rounder, No. 9.
Brandon Stokley: If you don’t love two quarterbacks in the draft besides Trevor Lawrence and you don’t think you can move up to get your young quarterback then I’d do the 9th pick, but that’s it. I’d prefer the Broncos get their quarterback in the draft. Matthew Stafford won’t win the Broncos a championship, but he can save some coaches their jobs.
Zach Bye: I’m going to resist the temptation and pass on Stafford. I’ll admit he’s a good player and would be an immediate upgrade at the quarterback position, and if the Broncos goal is to win more regular season games and not be picking in the top-10 again, he’s your guy. But if the Broncos goal is to find a guy that can share a field with these other young stud QB’s in the AFC and give you a shot at winning a championship, I don’t think Stafford is the guy.
Tyler Polumbus: This year’s 2nd round pick, next year’s 3rd and 4th round picks. I am certainly interested in Stafford but not if it comes at the expense of drafting your future quarterback in the next year or two. Stafford would immediately make us competitive but it would have a three to four year shelf life. So I would offer this years 2nd, next years 2nd and 3rd. That way you can still draft someone either this year or next.
DMac: 1st and 3rd round picks, Courtland Sutton and Dre’Mont Jones. The Broncos will LIKELY make a serious play for Stafford and they should. It’s a bad break situation for Drew Lock. It stinks for him but it reminds me of when the Broncos brought in Jake Plummer. It was a solid stop gap while you try and figure out a long term quarterback approach. The Broncos got Plummer, went to the AFC championship game (lost to Pittsburgh) and later drafted Jay Cutler in the first round. Sadly, IF they get Stafford, Lock is in big trouble. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if he would WANT to be traded to a team like the Patriots or the Colts where he would have a chance to compete as the starter. The Broncos are in a great position to get this deal done since they have a top-ten pick. The Dolphins and Jets will battle for Deshaun Watson and likely the Jets will win that battle. The Dolphins will just stick with Tua Tagovailoa. They won’t get in the Stafford sweepstakes. All other teams interested in Stafford will have worse draft position than the Broncos. I would actually be surprised if this DOESN’T happen.
Cecil Lammey: This year’s 1st round pick and next year’s 2nd round pick.
Nick Ferguson: This year’s 2nd round pick and next year’s 1st round pick. Matthew Stafford to the Broncos should be a no-brainer and would give the team a fresh start.
Shawn Drotar: This year’s 2nd and 5th round picks, next year’s 1st round pick. The Broncos’ offense and defense are on different age curves, so their interest in the soon-to-be 33-year-old Stafford is hopefully limited. If they were to make a deal, I wouldn’t include Denver’s No. 9 pick; but a 2022 first — built on the assumption that Stafford would immediately make the Broncos a winning team — along with second-rounder and a late-rounder in this year’s draft, would be acceptable. Any more than that, though? The Broncos might be overestimating how close they are to becoming a legitimate threat in the increasingly top-heavy AFC.
Nate Jackson: This year’s 2nd round pick. Next year’s 1st round pick and Brandon McManus.
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