The Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford have agreed to split this offseason and Detroit will begin exploring trade possibilities in the coming weeks, the NFL Network reported. The 49ers figure to be among a host of teams that will at least engage in exploratory conversations about acquiring Stafford, 32, who ranks among the top 20 in NFL history in completions, passing yards and touchdown passes.
Former New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher is set to return to the NFL as an assistant for the San Francisco 49ers.
Young, making his second NFL start, and first on the road, was Tampa Bay’s quarterback in a 21-0 loss to the Packers in the “Snow Bowl,” a contest between going-nowhere teams that has its own Wikipedia page because it was played in blizzard-like conditions. Twelve inches of snow fell before the game, and 5 inches dropped during the contest. Winds gusted up to 40 mph, the wind chill hovered around 0 and a severe-weather warning was in effect.