By: Zach Miller (Twitter: @zach_ic)
The former number one draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft has been the key cog of the Detroit Lions offense for the past twelve years. As the Lions quarterback, Stafford reached many milestones, including becoming the fastest quarterback to reach 40,000 yards in a career.
As great as Stafford’s been during his career in Detroit, the Lions are in rebuilding mode and rebuilding teams tend to move on from great players for draft capital, although rarely at the quarterback position. But after firing both their head coach and their general manager this year, it may seem clear that splitting with their long-time QB behind a slew of losing seasons remains very possible.
The team will likely collect a lot of interest for a QB that hasn’t accumulated high-end success for their horrid roster. And after finding their shiny head coach, they may want to hit the reset button with a slew of more draft picks.
If the 32 year old does get moved this off-season, here are my three favorite teams to land the gunslinger.
When you think of a big, tough gunslinger quarterback two names at the top of my head would be Ben Roethlisberger and Matthew Stafford.
Big Ben has taken a lot of tough hits over the last couple of years and the Steelers front office knows the end is close for their franchise legend (After all, he is 38 years old). The problem is that even with an aging Roethlisberger they are one of the best teams in the NFL.
Roethlisberger may be taken as a QB that captains a juggernaut an 11-2 Steelers crew, but his age has shown with unusual production from his self.
- Passing YPG (253.2)-lowest since 2012
- Y/A (6.3)-lowest in his whole career!
- QBR (63.4)-second-lowest since 2012
Ben Roethlisberger would is steady & fine-wine, but his ceiling is evidently low compared to the likes of 32-year old Matthew Stafford.
A defense as good as Pittsburgh’s doesn’t come along very often and usually doesn’t last very long. As I said earlier, I think Stafford has a lot left in the tank and the only reason the Lions would be pushed into moving on from him is if he wants to go to a different team so he has a real chance at a Super Bowl and there’s no better team to give him that than Mike Tomlin and the Steelers.
If I was Stafford this would be my first choice of landing spots and if the Steelers have to part with their first-rounder this year to make it happen I don’t think anyone in the organization would be too mad about it.