Lions GM denies Stafford trade rumor: '100% false'

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Could the Detroit Lions be seriously thinking of getting rid of Matthew Stafford?

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Kelly Stafford - wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford - weighed in on recent reports regarding her husband's future in Detroit, specifically her preferred relocation destination. Whether Stafford reprises that role for a 12th season depends on who you ask.

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The response to the report, which stated the team has been having talks for weeks, was a denial from General Manager Bob Quinn. Stafford has been with the Lions for 11 seasons after being drafted with the first overall pick in 2009.

Turns out, the Staffords have nothing to worry about.

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"100% False!" Quinn wrote in a text message to the Free Press. The way Stafford's contract is set up, the Lions would take a huge hit against the cap if they deal the 32-year-old Stafford, according to Chris Burke of The Athletic.

With the Stafford under the helm, the Lions have missed the playoffs the last three seasons.

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While some have speculated that Detroit could use the No. 3 overall pick to draft a quarterback such as Tua Tagovailoa, the NFC North club might struggle to compete in 2020 with a rookie under center and a cap constrained by Stafford's dead money.

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