NFL Rumors: Patriots among seven teams in Matthew Stafford trade talks

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Report: Pats among seven teams 'solidly' in Stafford trade talks originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

And then there were seven?

The Detroit Lions reportedly have received calls from nearly a third of NFL teams after quarterback Matthew Stafford requested a trade. In a Periscope from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer narrowed that list slightly.

Here are seven teams that are "solidly" in the running for Stafford, according to Breer:

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Washington Football Team, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams.

Breer suggested the 49ers and Rams were at the bottom of that list despite a report that Stafford views Los Angeles as an enticing destination.

"I think where he'd prefer to go may not be the best offer the Lions get for him," Breer said.

It makes sense why the Patriots would be in on Stafford after going 7-9 with Cam Newton last season. Jarrett Stidham isn't the long-term solution, and the No. 15 pick likely wouldn't net them one of the top four QB prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft who could vault Bill Belichick's team back into playoff contention.

But could that No. 15 pick help New England land Stafford? Breer sees the Lions getting a first-round pick and possibly "something else" in exchange for their franchise QB, so it's unclear whether a mid-round pick would do the trick.

Still, it appears the Patriots are one of the most serious suitors for Stafford. We could have a resolution soon, too: Breer believes Detroit wants to trade the 32-year-old quarterback prior to the Super Bowl, which is a week from Sunday.