49ers are 'solidly' pursuing Stafford from Lions, Breer says

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The Matthew Stafford trade rumors are picking up steam.

The Detroit Lions are in the midst of a franchise overhaul under new leadership and the writing is on the wall for their quarterback’s imminent exit. MMQB NFL reporter Albert Breer held a Q&A session with fans Saturday and addressed potential landing spots for Stafford this offseason. Breer said he expects the Lions to make a move soon.

“The interest has been strong in Matthew Stafford over the last five or six days,” Breer said. “The Lions brass was in Mobile, Ala. [for the Senior Bowl] talking trade and I think they’d like to move him before the Super Bowl. I think they’re going to get a first-round pick, maybe a first-round pick and something else.”

But the 49ers aren’t alone in their interest to explore adding Stafford. The 33-year-old veteran is widely viewed as the most obtainable established quarterback on the market, as Deshaun Watson and Aaron Rodgers are likely to command massive returns if they are traded.

“I can give you seven teams I know are solidly in it,” Breer said. “Washington, Carolina, New England, Indianapolis, Chicago … San Francisco and LA [Rams], we’ll see.  I think he’d like to go to California, but whether or not that happens or not, I’m not sure. … I think where he’d prefer to go, might not be the best offer the Lions get for him.”

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The 49ers' first-rounder (No. 12 overall) isn't necessarily super tantalizing, but it’s not too shabby either. The Lions are slated to pick No. 7, so getting two of the top dozen picks would be a boon.

Stafford would give the 49ers a solid deep-ball quarterback who could step right in without any grooming. But San Francisco would have to make some financial moves to make it happen, including trading or cutting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

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