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Real or fake, Matt Stafford trade rumors only make Redskins No. 2 pick more valuable

Real or fake, Matt Stafford trade rumors only make Redskins No. 2 pick more valuable

The internet is a wild place, and sometimes, that can be good. 

For the Redskins that scenario played out early Thursday when speculation began to grow that the Lions might trade quarterback Matthew Stafford. 

One report out of Detroit suggested trade talks for the QB have been in the works "for weeks" and that prompted Stafford’s wife to respond via her Instagram story that “if Detroit is done with us” the family would be happy to stay in California rather than go back to the cold in Michigan. 

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Instagram stories aside, Lions GM Bob Quinn told the Detroit Free Press that the Stafford trade rumor was “100 percent false.”

So that should be the end of the story, right?

Wrong. 

Not in a world where the slightest perception can become a reality television show. If the perception exists that the Lions might move on from Stafford, presumably to target a quarterback with the third pick in April’s NFL Draft, then other teams need to consider the possibility too. 

That means any team that is focused on drafting a quarterback not named Joe Burrow, and Miami is reportedly very interested in Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, might need to jump the Lions to get their guy. 

Jumping the Lions at 3 means getting the Redskins pick at No. 2, and that means Washington could command a significant ransom to trade out of the pick. 

Multiple reports show that new Redskins boss Ron Rivera wants to take Ohio State defensive end Chase Young with the second overall pick, and that would be a great selection. But Miami holds three first-round picks, and Rivera’s new team has holes all over the field. 

If Miami, or another team, really wants Tua, the number two pick might be the only way to get him. 

Would Detroit even want to move Stafford? He's the best quarterback the Lions have had in at least 30 years, and probably much longer than that. He did miss significant time last season with fractures in his back, a major injury, and is 32 year's old.

Contractually, trading Stafford makes no sense. The Lions just restructured his deal and Detroit would take a major salary cap hit to move him.

That said, few things in the NFL are ever “100 percent false.” Redskins fans might remember when the organization said a report of a “fractured” relationship between Bruce Allen and Trent Williams during 2019 training camp was “100 percent false.”

How’d that turn out? 

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Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

During a conference call with 13 professional sports commissioners Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he believes the 2020 NFL season should start as scheduled in September despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Trump also reportedly remarked that he would like to allow fans back into stadiums and arenas by August or September.

The president used the call as an opportunity to commend the commissioners for their response to the pandemic. On March 11, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to suspend play in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. The NHL, which was less than a month out from the start of the playoffs, followed suit—as eventually did the MLS, ATP, WTA, PGA Tour, NASCAR and MLB spring training.

With the NFL still in the midst of its offseason, there remains hope that the 2020 season will begin on time. So far, the league has canceled its annual league meaning and delayed OTAs. The draft will be held as expected while teams make their selections remotely rather than in Las Vegas as originally planned. While many free-agent deals have yet to be finalized due to the inability for teams to conduct physicals, the NFL has yet to be affected as much as other major sports.

The season is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 10 with opening Sunday coming Sept. 13.

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President Trump meets with league commissioners, commends their response to the coronavirus

President Trump meets with league commissioners, commends their response to the coronavirus

The White House says President Donald Trump spoke with commissioners of the country's sports leagues on Saturday and told them he recognizes "the good work being done by many teams and players" to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus.

After the conference call that included the president, two of his advisers and 13 sports commissioners ended, ESPN reported that Trump "believes the NFL season should start on time in September."

The virus has decimated the sports world with the NBA and NHL suspending their seasons indefinitely and MLB postponing the start of its season.

The NCAA basketball tournament was also canceled, as were college spring sports such as baseball and softball, lacrosse and track and field. No representatives of the NCAA were reported to be in the call.

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The White House says the commissioners thanked Trump for his "national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry." He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge.

A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

NBC Sports Washington's Matt Weyrich contributed to this report.

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