Matthew Stafford Expected to Participate Fully in Offseason Workouts

John Maakaron

At his NFL combine media session, Lions general manager Bob Quinn expressed that he expects Matthew Stafford to be a full-go for the team's offseason program.

He reiterated, yet again, that the trade rumors that surfaced earlier this offseason were completely false. 

Speaking to local reporters prior to his media session, Quinn emphasized that the organization does not plan to trade Stafford. 

He included that Stafford has told them he wants to be in Detroit and is not seeking to be dealt to another organization that is closer to winning.

Stafford missed the final eight games of the 2019 regular season after suffering a back injury against the Oakland Raiders in Week 9.

Before he went down for the season, he was playing at an elite level for the Lions. 

Detroit turned to backups Jeff Driskel and David Blough in the aftermath of Stafford's injury, and proceeded to go 0-8 to close out the season. 

Currently, Quinn does not have any concerns that Stafford's injury will linger and affect his franchise quarterback moving forward.

Quinn was also asked how does he know when it's time to replace a quarterback. He indicated that he evaluates the position daily.

He expressed that Stafford's arm strength is still great and his athleticism might be greater now than it was when he was younger. 

Speculation has run rampant that the organization could be looking to move on from Stafford and will draft his replacement with the No. 3 pick. 

Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has garnered the most attention from those that are unsatisfied with Stafford. 

At this juncture, though, Stafford remains Detroit's franchise quarterback, and Quinn & Co. don't appear ready to move on from him quite yet.


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