Matt Stafford wanted out of Detroit but really didn’t want to go to New England apparently.
According to NBC Sports’ Tom Curran, Stafford told the Lions that he would be willing to get traded to any team in the league but New England.
Via NBC Sports
Stafford told the Lions they could send him anywhere but New England.
This comes from a source whose team was heavily involved in Stafford trade negotiations but failed to land him. Stafford, of course, is a Ram after Los Angeles sent a huge haul to Detroit for the one-time Pro Bowler.
With a load of cap space and a yawning void at the position, the Patriots figured to be frontrunners for Stafford along with teams like the Colts.
But Stafford apparently nixed the notion of being the guy that replaces the guy that failed to replace THE GUY.
Stafford was eventually traded to LA and NFL fans went on to assume that he refused to go to New England because they recently hired former Lions head coach Matt Patricia to their coaching staff recently.
Good lord Stafford HATES Matt Patricia…https://t.co/5fRf4EpNHt
— Johnny Kinsley (Loyal Deep Passing Stan) (@Brickwallblitz) January 31, 2021
Former Lions head coach Matt Patricia has just re-joined the Patriots' staff, which didn't make Stafford want to play in New England. https://t.co/swmw6rvMjI
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) January 31, 2021
— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) January 31, 2021
He wanted no part of Matt Patricia https://t.co/cakqjvgRCy
— lindsey ok (@lindseyyok) January 31, 2021