Count Jerry Rice Jr. among those who believe Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will end up being traded to the 49ers this offseason.
Speculation around Stafford being dealt to the 49ers heated up Saturday when NFL Media's Tom Pelissero and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Lions and the 32-year-old QB had mutually agreed to part ways this offseason.
With the Senior Bowl going on this week in Mobile, Ala., there is a "lot of smoke" around Stafford and the 49ers, according to KOA NewsRadio's Benjamin Albright.
The 49ers won't be the only team in the Stafford sweepstakes, as "a third" of the league already has called the Lions about the QB, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday.
Rice Jr.'s father spoke earlier this week on all the speculation surrounding the 49ers trading for a veteran QB, and the franchise legend explained why he doesn't believe Green Bay Packers star and likely MVP Aaron Rodgers would entertain a trade to the 49ers.
Both general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan have been adamant about Jimmy Garoppolo being the 49ers' QB for 2021, but that was before news of Stafford's trade demands surfaced.
The front office certainly will entertain a variety of options for upgrading the position, but Lynch has been reticent to give up significant draft capital in trades since he took over in 2017.