'A clear win:' Detroit sportswriters admire what Lions gain in Stafford trade with LA Rams

January 31, 2021, 7:50 AM

Going, going, gone.

The Detroit Lions traded quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The deal becomes final in mid-March, when the NFL officially starts the 2021-22 season.

Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel calls the trade "a clear win for this new regime" leading the Lions "because it gives them so many options at a time when this franchise desperately needs them."

At The Detroit News, an analysis by sportswriter Justin Rogers says it's "a helluva way to kick-start a rebuild." A News columnist also likes how things shake out:

Stafford, drafted in the first round by the Lions in 2009, requested a trade this off-season after the Lions put together a new front office and coaching staff to start another rebuild. The Lions had a 5-11 record this past season, the team's third straight double-digit losing record.

The quarterback, who turns 33 on Feb. 7, has two years left on a $135 million, five-year contract. He has been one of the NFL’s most prolific passers during his 12-year career spent entirely in Detroit, but has never won a playoff game.

The player and his wife, Kelly Stafford, ouyt their five-bedroom Bloomfield Hills home on the market last Monday for $6.5 million (See 14 photos.)

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