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NFL teams speaking with Lions about QB Matthew Stafford?

The process of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford potentially making an exit from the club he joined via the 2009 NFL Draft has begun. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter (h/t Michael Rothstein) reported on Tuesday afternoon that clubs have reached out to the Lions regarding trade proposals involving the signal-caller who turns 33 years old next month. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero previously reported on Stafford's trade request, and ESPN's Jeremy Fowler added that Stafford is keen on joining the Indianapolis Colts following the retirement of veteran Philip Rivers. 

According to ESPN, the Lions wish to receive "fair market value" for Stafford's services. As noted by Spotrac co-founder and editor Michael Ginnitti, Stafford is on a team-friendly contract through the 2022 season considering his time and overall production in the league: 

On Monday, BetOnline.ag listed the Colts and San Francisco 49ers as the favorites to land Stafford during the offseason. The Colts won 11 games with Rivers under center but fell to the Buffalo Bills on wild-card Saturday. Despite that setback, Indianapolis would remain a popular pick to make a run toward a Super Bowl appearance with Stafford on its roster.  

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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