Matt Stafford Denies Reports That Patriots Were His Only No-Trade Team

Matthew Stafford with the Lions in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/Shutterstock

Every since star quarterback Matthew Stafford got traded to the Los Angeles Rams, drama has surfaced regarding who he didn’t want to play for. According to a report, Stafford was interested in going to many teams except for one: the New England Patriots.

However, when Stafford was asked whether or not he told the Detroit Lions not to trade him to New England, his response was different than the story that was told.

In an interview with Detroit Free Press reporter Mitch Albom, Stafford recounted: “What’s accurate is—and this is an incredible thing by [the Lions]—I asked to go to a team that was ready to win a championship. And, you know, there were a few teams on that list. There were a few teams that were not on that list. And they were respectful of that and understood completely. I had thoughts and reasons for each one of them.”

However, the initial report, which was made initial by NBC Sports Boston reporter Tom E. Curran, sung a much different tune. As Curran wrote, “Stafford told the Lions they could send him anywhere but New England.”

Regardless of what actually happened, Stafford is now a member of the Los Angeles Rams. He’ll add veteran leadership to their quarterback slot.