The Facts: Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine, GM Bob Quinn says Stafford (back) is already working out and will be full go for the start of the offseason program.
Diehards Line: Stafford missed eight games to a back injury last year in Detroit. Still, Quinn has reiterated on multiple occasions in recent weeks that the team is all in on the veteran QB, who the GM insists will remain with the team despite trade rumors that began circulating earlier this month. Perhaps there is an argument for the Lions to move on after 11 seasons and without a single playoff win, but there are plenty of stronger reasons Stafford isn't going anywhere. First of all, if Stafford is cut or traded this year, the Lions would eat $32 million in dead money. His cap hit is $21.3 million if he plays in Detroit. That $10.7 million difference underscores that the Lions have planned for Stafford to be their QB even late in the season when he was injured and the team was already destined for a high draft pick. Beyond that, it's safe to say Stafford, who was playing at a very high level prior to his injury last year, gives Quinn and HC Matt Patricia the best chance at a winning season.