If teams are willing to give up multiple first-round picks and a bushel of high selections for an unknown passer, what sort of treasure trove might be waiting for a team willing to dangle a proven franchise quarterback?
Quinn shot down the conception of that idea.
"I haven't thought about that and I have no interest in trading Matthew," Quinn said, via the Detroit Free Press.
Your initial reaction might be: What kind of question is that? What is Quinn supposed to say? Of course you don't trade a franchise quarterback who is just 28 years old, theoretically entering his prime and just came off the best eight-game stretch in franchise history. OF COURSE, you don't do that. Teams spend years -- decades, even -- searching for a franchise quarterback. To trade one away, especially with zero potential replacement, would look insane to an insane person.
Yet, early last season, many in Detroit wanted to stuff Stafford in a crate and ship him out to sea when the Lions started 1-7. At that time, asking about a Stafford trade might not have sounded so ludicrous for a team in position to perhaps get the No. 1 overall pick.
But that was BJBC -- Before Jim Bob Cooter. After Cooter took over, Stafford lit the field afire.
No, Quinn wouldn't trade a starting quarterback, but asking the question isn't crazy. Sometimes it leads to a wishy washy answer -- like the "never say never" reply from Trent Baalke on a possible Colin Kaepernick trade -- that in itself gives us insight into what a GM actually thinks about his quarterback.
In this case, Quinn's quick, blunt reply said plenty.