By Ari Meirov
Three years ago tonight, the Kansas City Chiefs traded Alex Smith to Washington in a deal that came out of nowhere.
It’s rare to have a trade go down before the Super Bowl, but it has happened before and there’s a strong belief another one will happen this week.
Lions head coach Dan Campbell told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that trade talks involving Matthew Stafford have gotten “hot and heavy.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter mentioned on the Ross Tucker Podcast that he’s always thought a deal could get done before the Super Bowl and he doesn’t believe it’s a deal that will get done in late February.
NBC’s Peter King tweeted on Saturday night that two people in the know think a Stafford trade gets done by Tuesday, or earlier.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that a trade is expected to be agreed upon before the Super Bowl.
Per league rules, trades cannot officially be processed until the league year begins on March 17th, but teams can agree in principle.
The Lions would owe Stafford a $10 million roster bonus if he’s still on the roster on March 21, so it only makes sense to make a trade and not hold things off.
The Lions own the No. 7 overall pick in the coming draft and reports have indicated that they should be able to net another first-round pick in a Stafford trade.
The Colts, Washington Football Team, 49ers, Patriots, Panthers, Bears and Rams are among the teams to be linked to the veteran quarterback.
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