According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford have mutually agreed to seek a trade that will separate the franchise from it's all-time leading passer.
Stafford reportedly approached the team about a trade, but the Lions asked him to wait until a general manager and head coach were hired first. Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell, the two men who were picked to fill those roles, were advised of the Stafford situation throughout the hiring process, and the decision has been made to pursue a trade.
Stafford, the first overall pick in the 2009 draft, turns 33 next month. He has thrown for 45,109 passing yards in his career, nearly triple the total of any other Lions quarterback. He was 14th in both DYAR and DVOA this season; he has finished 10th or better in DYAR six times, peaking at fifth place in 2011. He has never won a playoff game. He is under contract for two more years for a combined $43 million.