Detroit Lions

The Case of the Detroit Lions vs. Matt Stafford – Divorce Court is now in Session

Written by Brad Shepard

All rise! Divorce court is now in session.

Rumors recently surfaced via WDIV-TV that the Detroit Lions were shopping quarterback Matt Stafford around for a potential trade.

Lions General Manager Bob Quinn denied the report immediately, calling it “100% false.”

Kelly Stafford, the quarterback’s wife, fueled those rumors by posting on Instagram that she could “stay in Cali” if Detroit is done with them.

The Lions are on the hook for a six-year, $135 million contract with Stafford, on top of a $60.5 signing bonus, and a $500,000 workout bonus every year of his contract.

That deal made him the highest-paid player in NFL history at the time.

11 years into Stafford’s career, he has exactly zero division titles. He’s winless in the playoffs, playing in only three games, where his team lost by an average of 13.66 points.

In 2019, he played in only eight games due to injury. He’s now 32 years old and the Lions have averaged 6.72 wins per season during his tenure – less than .500.

The hard truth is that the Lions and Stafford are a failing marriage – they’re a couple that grows more distant by the season. A couple that everyone around them is beginning to realize no longer works. They’ve lost that lovin’ feeling, and now it’s gone, gone, gone…woooooh.

We can all point fingers as to the cause. Is it the defense, the offensive line or is Stafford just not good enough anymore? At the end of the day, none of that matters.

The Lions are paying too much money for a spouse that no longer works. The results have been underwhelming, and I would suggest that it’s time for an amicable divorce.

For Stafford, the Detroit Lions are an abysmally run NFL franchise that he’ll never succeed under. For the Lions, Stafford simply isn’t good enough to win in their system.

The Lions have an opportunity to draft a young, college quarterback at a cheap price, dump a heavy salary and start from scratch.

Stafford can move to a team where he’ll have an opportunity to win now, like the Chargers or Titans.

Don’t tell me it’s “Till death do us part” when 50% of marriages end in divorce. You’re best to leave the memories alone, Detroit.

About the author

Brad Shepard

Brad's journalism work has been credited in Fox Business, Washington Post, New York Daily News, New York Post, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Chicago Tribune, Deadspin, Yahoo Sports, Forbes, Golf Digest, Bleacher Report, Sporting News, The Sun, NESN, Breitbart, Zero Hedge, and ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, among others.

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