Will Matthew Stafford Be a Detroit Lion in 2021?

John Maakaron

Considering Lions franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford has a dead cap hit of $32 million in 2020 and then a $19 million cap hit in 2021, it is very likely he will remain the Lions' starter at QB for the next couple of seasons. 

But in recent weeks, speculation has ramped up in regards to the Lions drafting a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Reports surfaced on Friday that Stafford could be on the trading block this offseason. 

Max Kellerman of ESPN also recently expressed that the New England Patriots should take a serious look at acquiring Detroit's veteran quarterback. 

Detroit, meanwhile, is in a precarious situation in regards to Stafford and his future with the team. 

During Stafford's 11 seasons in Detroit, the organization simply has not had the success to justify paying him like he is a difference maker. 

Other organizations have taken a different approach when it comes to the QB position. 

That approach has been drafting a young quarterback -- saving money in doing so -- and spending the savings on the rest of the team.

Detroit, on the other hand, has failed to surround Stafford with enough talented players to give him a chance to thrive. 

But let's not blame the organization entirely. 

Stafford is as culpable for the Lions' lack of success as is the organization. 

The dilemma lies in the fact that Stafford is the best quarterback to ever don the Lions uniform. 

He is a model citizen -- in that he embodies what Lions ownership desires -- and the Lions have rewarded him handsomely financially because of it. 

At some point, Stafford's tenure will come to an end. 

It will be fascinating to see how the remainder of it shakes out. 

If a quarterback is drafted early this April, it may just signal the beginning of the end of Stafford's run in Detroit. 

Otherwise, it may just be more of the same for the Ford family-run franchise. 

Do you think Stafford will be on the Lions' roster come 2021, and should he be? 

Let us know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.

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Comments (2)
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Stafford remains in Detroit as long as he wants to. He is hardly - "the problem" - with the Lion's lack of success. Quinn has apparently one more shot at putting a competent roster around him, and Patricia one more year to figure out how to close out a game on defense when your offense has given you the lead. Stafford's health and ability to play these next few years should be the only thing that would have bearing on the 2021 season.


The answer is no. He deserves a ring with Detroit. Well at least a chance to win in Detroit. Looking for QB now doesn’t make sense. Still got to beat Watson, Malhomes, Rodgers, Brady, Jackson, Wilson, Prescott, etc. Drafting a QB won’t accomplish much in near future. Get him the best defense possible and a running game. Period