DETROIT, Mich. — As first reported by Tom Pelissero of NFL.com, the Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford have mutually agreed to part ways this offseason.
The team will begin exploring trade options in the coming weeks for the former No. 1 overall pick.
Stafford has spent his entire 12-year career in Detroit, earning a Pro Bowl invite in 2014 and setting franchise records with 45,109 passing yards and 282 touchdown passes while playing through numerous injuries under four different head coaches (Jim Schwartz, Jim Caldwell, Matt Patricia and Interim coach Darell Bevell).
The Lions made the playoffs three times with Stafford at the helm, but still have yet to win a playoff game since 1991.