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Bob Quinn won’t consider trading Matthew Stafford, period

Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn says the team is not interested in trading quarterback Matthew Stafford and Mike Florio says that this is the best position for the Lions to take.

When it comes to chatter regarding the possibility of trading a quarterback, there are two ways to handle it. There’s the equivocal, never-say-never 49ers approach, which on the surface creates the impression that the player isn’t on the block but which sends a deeper message that he’s definitely available. And then there’s the clear, unambiguous message that Lions G.M. Bob Quinn sent on Thursday about quarterback Matthew Stafford at a pre-draft press conference.

“Do you allow yourself to think about the haul you get back for your quarterback if you decided to trade him?” a reporter asks in a video posted by the Detroit Free Press, which includes some of the most annoyingly angry typing you’ll ever hear.

The first-year G.M. didn’t hesitate. “I haven’t thought about that, and I have no interest in trading Matthew,” Quinn said.

Teams don’t trade true franchise quarterbacks. Teams don’t even entertain the possiblity. They scoff at the question, in the same way someone like Patriots coach Bill Belichick would roll his eyes about a question regarding a possible trade of Tom Brady.

So the takeaway here is two fold. First, the Lions clearly have no interest in trading Stafford. Second, the 49ers are more than willing to trade Colin Kaepernick. If they weren’t, Baalke never would have used “never say never” when talking about the possibility.