Detroit Lions rumors: 5 possible quarterbacks to target in 2021

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News broke on Saturday that the Detroit Lions and franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford have mutually decided to part ways at some point during the current offseason. It was something that no one was necessarily surprised to hear, but it made for a sad day amongst most Lions fans nonetheless.

While they are still only rumors at this point, the fact that Rod Wood and Shiela Hamp-Ford were willing to give new head coach Dan Campbell a six-year contract shows that the team may be poised to go into a true rebuild.

Although the trade talk is still in its initial stages, fans prepare for what seems like the inevitable at this point. We’re going to take a look at some of the possible quarterbacks that may be available this offseason.

Even if the Lions take a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft, a veteran will still need to be brought in to contribute as either a mentor, the teams’ leader for a season or two, or both.

Here’s a look at five quarterbacks the Detroit Lions should target this offseason:

First up, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott could be targeted by the Detroit Lions.

1. Dak Prescott

Will the current Dallas Cowboys’ signal-caller even hit the actual free-agent market this year?

It’s hard to say.

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys were unable to agree on a long-term extension last July. He spent the 2020 season franchise tagged and was playing well before suffering a season-ending leg injury.

That injury complicates the situation even further. Will Jerry Jones and the Cowboys want to pay Prescott the money he feels he deserves? Will Prescott be able to return to the level he was playing at last season?

Time will tell.

The likelihood of Prescott landing in Detroit seems slim at this point. My guess is that he gets paid in Dallas and remains there. If not, I could see a move to the Indianapolis Colts.