Tell me you're not surprised?

Seriously.

Don't get me wrong. I love the guy. I have been a huge Stafford fan. Ups, downs, whatever.

But I've also been a proponent of him moving on and having a chance to win a Superbowl ring before his time was up.

Because honestly, as a Lions fan, I knew he wasn't going to get one here before his career was over.

Truth be told, I often wonder if we're going to win a Superbowl before I shuffle off this mortal coil myself.

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The dude has been in for us 12 seasons, never won a playoff game, so many head coaches I've lost count and can't even start remembering names.

Back surgery, he's 32, we just got a new GM and head coach...it's time for him to move on.

Which means the first task facing the nascent duo of Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell — neither of whom have ever made an NFL trade on their own — will be trying to find fair value for their most important player. (Detroit Free Press)

He and the organization agree. So they are parting ways and I'm all for it. Truth be told, I wish they could have been as cordial and accommodating with Megatron.

Stafford leaving the team signifies so many things for me.

Burn it down and start all over.

Hopefully, we can get a good deal out of this. But...Lions.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Lions are expected to receive at least a first-round pick in return for Stafford even though there are plenty of quarterbacks rumored to be on the market this offseason. (CBS Sports)

Indy, San Francisco, New Orleans, and the Bears keep popping up as potential places for Matthew to land. Washington, New England, and Denver also show up on the radar.

It's been fun sir. I wish you the best. You deserve it. I hate that so many amazing players come here and their careers seem to die. Get out while you can and get a ring if you can. Or two. It worked for Charlie Batch. And you're way better than him.

Good luck and godspeed my friend. I'll always be a fan.

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