The Colts may have the inside edge in the race for Matthew Stafford, with ESPN’s John Clayton stating that the long time Detroit Lions starter might prefer a relocation to Indianapolis.

Stafford had apparently asked Detroit for a trade that would enable him to have a clean slate with a brand-new franchise, and the team has supported his wish and started the procedure of listening to trade offers. While there have been close to a lots groups named as possible partners, Clayton stated he thinks that Stafford may choose the Colts over all other suitors.

During an appearance on The Ride with JMV, Clayton said that Stafford’s existing connections to some significant figures within the company might give the Colts an edge, though other teams might come in with strong deals also.

” So, I think he’s sort of in the very same mind as [Colts owner] Jim Irsay and likewise he knows [novice quarterback] Jacob Eason, because they both have some roots in Georgia,” he stated, by means of the SB Nation blog Stampede Blue. “Not as far as where Stafford matured, however I believe right now the worry you have is Carolina going to make a huge offer? I don’t understand if they’ll provide up the 8th choice in the draft. Washington has the 19th pick in the first round, and they’re going to remain in the bidding. San Francisco is going to be in the bidding.”

There are other insiders who have actually pegged different groups as having a leg up in the Stafford sweepstakes. As The Inquisitr reported, the San Francisco 49ers have also been viewed as a close contention that potentially has an inside track. Sports Illustrated cited a league insider who believed that San Francisco would be a top competitor, though it wasn’t clear if the team would have the ability to leading other possible deals or if Stafford pegged the franchise as a favored location.

“He most likely would love their head coach, Kyle Shanahan, plus their star gamers such as George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, but most likely would not love the California state taxes,” the source informed the outlet.

This comes amid reports that the 49ers might be prepared to move on from Jimmy Garoppolo if they had the ability to score an upgrade, carrying on from him simply one year after he led the team to a Super Bowl look.

Whatever the trade partner occurs to be, the Lions are expected to bring a leading price for Stafford, with numerous experts stating they will likely get a first-round draft choice and bundle of other picks.