Rodney Harrison: Patriots are 'perfect choice' for Matthew Stafford


Matthew Stafford is one of the quarterbacks available for the Patriots to pursue this offseason with it being reported last weekend the Lions will look to trade the veteran this offseason.

Former Patriots safety and current NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison believes it would be a good fit.

"I would say New England is a perfect choice for him," he said on "Safety Blitz" with Jac Collinsworth. "He can go in there -- they have a good defense, they're gonna add a couple more guys. They can build on the offense and go draft an offensive player, pick up some guys in free agency.

"Matthew Stafford has never been considered a leader, but they don't need his leadership. They need him to throw the ball and make completions down the field. They have enough leadership, they have Bill (Belichick), they have some of those older veterans on the defensive side of the ball. They have a good offensive line that can protect him. They have a run game. Bill needs to add another tight end and go get another couple wide receivers and spend some money in free agency.

"But I think Matthew Stafford could be a perfect fit there because they don't need him to come in and galvanize everybody like (Tom) Brady did. They just need him to complete some passes and not throw it into the ground like Cam (Newton) does every other throw."

The Patriots will have upwards of $60 million in cap space, so they certainly could afford him and it likely would cost at least their first-round pick (No. 15 overall).