'About a third of the league' is calling about Matthew Stafford: report


It doesn't appear the Lions will have any trouble finding a taker for Matthew Stafford.

Since placing him on the trade block last weekend, Detroit has received interest from nearly a 'third of the league,' according to Ian Rapoport.

"Significant interest in Matthew Stafford," Rapoport reported Wednesday morning. "(The Lions) should be able to get at least a first-rounder, wherever he goes."

That last part is the key. The Lions want a fair return for a quarterback who has a passer rating of 99.8 passer rating over the last two seasons and two years left on a contract that looks like one of the better bargains at his position.

For the Lions, a first-round pick will be the starting point. Then it's a matter of which team can present the best package.

The 49ers are considered the favorite to land Stafford, with the Colts and the Broncos expected to be serious bidders as well. Here are the latest odds from Bovada (as of Jan. 26) as to where Stafford will start next season:

- 49ers +350
- Broncos +450
- Colts +500
- Lions +500
- Patriots +500

Denver has the most draft ammo of the teams above, with a pick in every round this year plus two extra seventh-rounders. The Lions, who only own five picks at the moment, will be hunting for more draft capital as they begin to rebuild their roster under new GM Brad Holmes.

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