Matthew Stafford wasn't coming to the Patriots. In fact, he specifically requested not to be traded to New England, our Tom E. Curran reported Sunday.
But the Patriots were among many teams that checked in with the Lions about their starting quarterback before Detroit dealt him to the Los Angeles Rams over the weekend, according to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer.
In his "MMQB" column Monday, Breer revealed what several teams were willing to send the Lions in a trade for Stafford. The Patriots' proposal, per Breer: a second-round 2021 NFL Draft pick and a player.
Even if Stafford hadn't nixed New England, Detroit reportedly received other offers with far better draft capital. According to Breer, the Carolina Panthers were willing to part with their No. 8 overall pick "and then some" for Stafford, while Washington offered its No. 19 overall pick plus a third-rounder.
The Rams wound up sending two first-round picks (in 2022 and 2023), a 2021 third-rounder and quarterback Jared Goff to Detroit for Stafford, so even if the Patriots put a quality player on the trade block, it sounds like they weren't really in the ballpark.
With Stafford off to Los Angeles, New England's search for a new starting quarterback continues. How much the Patriots are willing to pay for a quarterback via trade or free agency -- or whether they look to the NFL Draft for QB help -- remains to be seen.