NFL Notebook: Matthew Stafford put on trade block – What are Patriots chances vs. competition?

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About a month ago, we reported that NFL executives were split on whether or not the Lions would trade quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Mostly, it depended on who the team hired to be general manager and head coach.

Well, now that Brad Holmes is named general manager, and Mr. Knee Caps, Dan Campbell, are aboard in the Motor City we have an answer: Stafford will be traded, possibly in the next week.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that both Stafford and the team agreed that it would be mutually beneficial for both sides to pursue a trade. Schefter reports the haul for Stafford to be bountiful, and will at least be one first-round pick.

Of course, the Patriots don't have a starting quarterback. They are sure to at least do their due diligence on this, if not jump into the fray. But what's their likelihood of landing Stafford, who will be the other big players and what are the other factors?

Stafford's contract