The Matthew Stafford trade talks have begun


Matthew Stafford is on the trade block.

And his suitors are on the phone.

Just a few days after the Lions made it known they're prepared to part ways with their franchise quarterback, teams are reaching out to Detroit "to initiate trade talks and figure out what it would take to acquire" him, according to Adam Schefter.

The Lions have made it clear they want fair market value for Stafford. In their eyes, that surely starts with a first-round pick.

Stafford is coming off the best two-year stretch of his career in terms of passer rating -- 99.8 from 2019-20 -- and he has two seasons remaining on a contract that's starting to look like a bargain. He was the NFL's 14th highest-paid QB in 2020.

The Colts, Broncos and Washington are among Stafford's most logical landing spots. Detroit figures to have a little less than two months to strike a deal. Stafford is due a $10 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the new league year, March 21.