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Matthew Stafford Wasn’t All That Worried About Trade Rumors This Offseason

Matthew Stafford never gave much thought to trade rumors earlier this year, saying Thursday he had always prepared as if he would still be the Lions’ quarterback this season and, he hopes, for many seasons to come, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.

Stafford had conversations with general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia about the rumors, but he said he stopped thinking about them in a snap — while actually snapping his fingers on a Zoom conference call with reporters.

The rumors had started because of some since-debunked local and national media reports as well as the possibility that the Lions would draft Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, something that never happened.

“I really don’t pay too much attention to ’em,” Stafford said of the rumors. “I pay less attention to them than my wife does. But it’s something that doesn’t bother me. I’m here. I want to be here. I love being a Detroit Lion. I love leading this team.

“So all that kind of stuff is just kind of out there to be out there. It’s a slow news month at that point, and I’m just happy to be where I am and ready to deal with this offseason the way it is and try to make the best of the season that I hope happens.”


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