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AP source: Lions looking into trading QB Matthew Stafford

Sat Jan 23 7:17pm ET
AP Sports Writer

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws during the first half of an NFL football gameagainst the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford have mutually agreed to explore the possibilities of trading him.

The person spoke Saturday night to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team and Stafford did not announce the decision.

The person says Stafford expressed an interest in being traded after the season ended and the team responded by tabling the idea until a new general manager and coach were hired. Stafford was on a call earlier this week with Lions general manager Brad Holmes and coach Dan Campbell earlier this week, according to the person, and they discussed parting ways.

Detroit drafted Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009 and he has two years left on a $135 million, five-year contract.

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Fantasy Spin: Bell had been listed as questionable on the injury report after sitting out the final two days of practice during the week. Assuming he is declared inactive for this game, RBs Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams will likely share playing time in the Kansas City backfield this evening.

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Sammy Watkins Jan 24 8:43am ET

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Fantasy Spin: Watkins had been listed as questionable on the injury report after participating in all three practice sessions during the week on a limited basis. He makes a very risky fantasy play this weekend since he would not be competing at 100 percent if he is declared active, in addition to the fact that he hasn't recorded more than 62 receiving yards in a game since the season opener.

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Matthew Stafford Jan 24 12:20am ET

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Calvin Ridley Jan 23 11:33pm ET

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley's 23 receptions of 20-plus yards in 2020 were tied for the league lead.

Fantasy Spin: Ridley's 90 receptions, 143 targets and 1,374 yards all shattered his previous career highs, and while injuries to Julio Jones created more opportunities, credit Ridley for being able to take advantage. Barring a major overhaul of Atlanta's offense, he should be no worse than a WR2 in 2021.

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J.D. McKissic Jan 23 11:03pm ET

Washington Football Team RB J.D. McKissic's 589 receiving yards and 80 receptions trailed only New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara among running backs in 2020.

Fantasy Spin: McKissic's 7.4 yards per reception were far from impressive, but he did finish in the top 25 in catches. Unless Washington dramatically upgrades its offensive firepower in the offseason, McKissic should have value as a PPR flex option, especially in deeper leagues.

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Myles Garrett Jan 23 9:33pm ET

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett was double-teamed on 26 percent of his pass rush attempts in 2020 and ranked third in the NFL in pass rush win rate.

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Aaron Donald Jan 23 9:23pm ET

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Jacoby Brissett Jan 23 7:33pm ET

Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett will be under consideration to be the starting quarterback in 2021, according to general manager Chris Ballard. 'I don't want to discount Jacoby,' Ballard said. 'We still like Jacoby Brissett and think he's a good player. Let's not take Jacoby out of the mix completely here.'

Fantasy Spin: Brissett was occasionally a fantasy option when starting 15 games in the 2019 season. He finished with 2,942 passing yards and 18 touchdowns against six interceptions while adding 228 yards and four TDs on the ground. He would be a streaming option in more appealing matchups, but he would likely lower the value of WR Michael Pittman Jr.

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Teddy Bridgewater Jan 23 7:23pm ET

Carolina Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater will be evaluated as new general manager Scott Fitterer assesses the current roster and isn't guaranteed to be the starter for the 2021 season. 'I'm not going to get into hypotheticals, but what I will tell you is we will be on every deal,' Fitterer said when talking about being aggressive in transactions this offseason. 'We're going to look at a lot of people, bring a lot of people in the building, really churn the roster on the back end. Just really take a look at a lot of different people to see what's out there, what fits our team and how we can build this going forward.'

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Matthew Stafford Jan 23 6:43pm ET

Updating a previous story, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is likely to be traded before the fifth day of the 2021 league year in March, when he is due a $10 million bonus.

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Matthew Stafford Jan 23 6:23pm ET

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has expressed a desire for a fresh start and the team plans to begin exploring trade possibilities in the coming weeks, according to sources Saturday, Jan. 23.

Fantasy Spin: The Lions own the No. 7 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and could target a rookie there or try to climb up the board. Until that situation resolves itself, Detroit pass-catchers would be risky fantasy options in early drafts. Stafford is likely to be a low-end QB1 regardless of where he ends up.

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Patrick Mahomes Jan 23 5:23pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (toe) said Friday, Jan. 22, the toe injury he suffered in the AFC Divisional Round against the Cleveland Browns is 'feeling a lot better.'

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Kenny Stills Jan 23 5:10pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kenny Stills has been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster for the AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Bills signed Stills to their practice squad after he was cut by the Houston Texans late in November, and he was initially brought on for wide receiver depth when Cole Beasley injured his knee in Week 16. The 28-year-old has not played in a game since Week 11 with Houston, but he could have a small role if rookie Gabriel Davis (ankle), who is questionable for Sunday, is unable to play. Stills' elevation from the practice squad could be a sign that Buffalo doesn't expect Davis to play. Isaiah McKenzie could also have a slightly larger role behind Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley if Davis is inactive.

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KeiVarae Russell Jan 23 5:03pm ET

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Kevin King Jan 23 4:33pm ET

Green Bay Packers CB Kevin King (back) is progressing through the back issue that arose Friday, according to a source Saturday, Jan. 23. He remains listed as questionable.

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Kenny Stills Jan 23 4:13pm ET

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Tramon Williams Jan 23 4:13pm ET

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Aaron Rodgers Jan 23 3:23pm ET

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers leads the league this season with 42 touchdown passes throwing from a clean pocket, per Pro Football Focus data.

Fantasy Spin: Another point underscoring the importance of pressuring Rodgers, who endured his worst game (35.4 passer rating, 160 yards, 0 TDs, 2 interceptions) of the season in the 38-10 Week 6 loss to the Bucs in Tampa. Rodgers was sacked four times in the game, his second-highest total of the season.

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Deshaun Watson Jan 23 2:13pm ET

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson reportedly said earlier this week that the New York Jets are his top preference among the teams he'd like to be traded to because of their recent hiring of head coach Robert Saleh, according to a report Saturday, Jan. 23, from the Miami Herald.

Fantasy Spin: The Dolphins are second on this reported list, and these are two teams who could potentially offer attractive return packages to the Texans as they own the No. 2 (Jets) and No. 3 (Dolphins) overall picks in the upcoming NFL draft. Definitely stay tuned ...

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