Albert Breer says Washington is 'solidly' in hunt for Matthew Stafford

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Albert Breer: Washington 'solidly' in hunt for Matthew Stafford originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

As trade talks for veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford get "hot and heavy," the Washington Football Team is squarely in the hunt, according to NFL reporter Albert Breer.

Hosting a live Periscope session for his Twitter followers on Saturday, Breer took questions about the NFL offseason as things begin to heat up. One question asked was if Washington was showing interest in Stafford. Breer stated that the team is, but Washington is not alone.

“Yeah I think there is. I mean I’m going to tell you that the interest has been strong in Matthew Stafford over the last, I’d say five or six days," Breer said.

“I can give you seven teams that I know are solidly in it. That would be Washington, Carolina, New England, Indianapolis, Chicago. San Francisco and LA [Rams] we’ll see."

Breer noted that Stafford may prefer to head to one of the west coast teams but that the best offer could come from somewhere else. With Detroit wanting value in return, that means his preference may not come to fruition. Breer also relayed that the Lions are hoping to get the trade done before the Super Bowl and a first round pick will likely be involved. 

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As Washington enters the offseason in need of finding an answer at quarterback, Stafford could be one of the top options. Though he is preparing to enter his age-33 season, the veteran passer probably still has a few more strong seasons left in the tank. With experience and an elite arm, it would be an upgrade under center for Washington.

In addition, the draft capital needed to obtain Stafford is a lot less than what the likes of Deshaun Watson would command. Though Watson is the best fit in an ideal world, Stafford gives Washington a win-now option without giving up the entire farm.

With Breer stating that Detroit wants a deal done prior to the Super Bowl on February 7, it may not take much longer to see if Stafford ends up in Washington.