Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford era to end with a trade

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Zach Wilson, BYU (Photo by Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports)
Zach Wilson, BYU (Photo by Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports) /

It will take time to build a future

As for who the Lions will plug in at quarterback, I would suspect they will draft a quarterback at number seven, my guess would be Zach Wilson of BYU or Trey Lance of North Dakota State depending on their availability and signing a veteran quarterback who could mentor the youngster for half a season to a year, depending on when Campbell and his staff think the youngster is ready.

My gut says that this new regime will not consider Chase Daniel or David Blough to be the answer until Wilson or Lance is ready to roll.

There are some interesting names in free agency, one that intrigues me would be Jacoby Brissett formerly of the Colts. He has a strong arm, is very mobile, and has experience starting. Is he the next Patrick Mahomes? No, but he’s serviceable and should come with a relatively friendly price tag.

The cap-friendly number is important in my book because this team still needs to fill out its receiving corp and will need to completely overhaul the defense. Next season won’t be about winning, it will be about creating a winning culture and starting the process of grooming its future quarterback while building the team and identity.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will the Lions be.

The course has now been set for Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell. It’s a rebuild and they won’t be able to lean on Matthew Stafford as their training wheels.

While saying good-bye to the Lions’ all-time leading passer isn’t easy, it’s in Detroit’s best interest as well as Matthew’s to make this trade.

Let’s cross our fingers that Holmes and Campbell know what they’re doing. It will literally be on them to make this rebuild work.

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As for Matthew, on behalf of Detroit Lions fans everywhere, we wish him the best of luck with his new team. He’s one tough hombre and here’s hoping he can secure a Super Bowl ring in his new digs. Thanks for the memories.