Report: Stafford told Lions not to trade him to Patriots

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Matthew Stafford told the Detroit Lions he would accept a trade anywhere except the New England Patriots, a source told NBC Sports' Tom Curran.

The Patriots were reportedly one of the many clubs interested in securing Stafford's services, but the Los Angeles Rams closed a deal for the passer Saturday, sending two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and Jared Goff.

Stafford has some familiarity with the New England organization. The Patriots brought back Matt Patricia - Stafford's former coach in Detroit - to assist the coaching staff.

New England is coming off a disappointing 2020 campaign, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008 after losing Tom Brady in free agency.

The Patriots also struggled mightily on offense, finishing 27th in points scored. Cam Newton struggled to regain his prior form and is not expected to return to the team next season. The former MVP passer was signed to a one-year contract last offseason but threw more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (8).

Report: Stafford told Lions not to trade him to Patriots
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