NFL trade rumors: Dolphins tried to land Lions QB Matthew Stafford

NFL trade rumors: Dolphins tried to land Lions QB Matthew Stafford

The Dolphins apparently had been looking to upgrade at quarterback for quite a while.

Miami attempted to trade for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford before last season, according to a the Miami Herald, which cited unidentified league sources.

The Dolphins are believed to have been willing to part with at least one first-round pick in order to acquire Stafford, the report said.

Adam Gase and Lions coach Matt Patricia spoke personally about a potential deal, according to the report. But Patricia said he did not want to move Stafford.

The Dolphins fired Gase after the 2018 season and replaced him with Brian Flores. The Jets hired Gase shortly after.

Former Miami starter Ryan Tannehill dealt with injuries and was inconsistent last season. He completed 64.2 percent of his passes while tallying 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 11 games. The Dolphins tallied a 5-6 record in his starts.

Miami traded Tannehill to the Titans earlier this month and later signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal.

The Dolphins also are considering picking at least one quarterback in upcoming drafts, general manager Chris Grier told reporters Monday.

“We could maybe take one both this year and next year,” Grier said, via the Palm Beach Post. “If there is a guy there that we like this year that we feel we need to go be aggressive, yeah, we’ll be aggressive trying to do it. But you know we’ll also be smart about it.

“There is also a limit to what you should do as far as being smart about it.”

The Dolphins last made the playoffs in 2016.