According to reports, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and President Tom Leward are not the only members of the franchise that will be leaving this season, as the team reshuffles everything possible in order to become a playoff team once again.
Ian Rapoport has said on his Twitter account that he understands quarterback Matthew Stafford is not a certainty to stay with the NFC North franchise at the end of the season.
This is an unavoidable question that must be answered at the end of the season as the Lions are destined to finish outside of the playoffs for the fifth time in the seven-year period Stafford has been with the team.
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His numbers over the past seven seasons have been debatably good for the games which he has played. However, with only two playoff berths, an offense under Stafford is not looking like one that can change the fortunes of the side, so it is understandable why the Lions might be looking for a change.
The new general manager, whoever that may be or if Sheldon White will stay on after being handed the interim job today, will probably want a new quarterback too.
Stafford has a nice trade value to him not only because of the good-ish numbers he is able to produce will be attractive to others, but because he is also only under contract until 2017, the Lions would only take an $11 million dead money hit if he was to go, per Spotrac.
Their current roster is a mess so it may be difficult for the team to function if Stafford goes, but the money his departure provides will significantly help the franchise build towards a better future.