If the Detroit Lions weren't already a cause for concern for the Miami Dolphins before the NFL draft, rumors surrounding their quarterback situation this week could create further angst.
The draft, which begins April 23 in Las Vegas, may be 10 weeks away -- but it's never too early to be watchful of impending moves that could impact the top selections.
Especially when the Dolphins, who own the No. 5 pick, may need to make a deal with the Lions, who hold the No. 3 pick, if they want to draft a coveted player like Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
The Lions may be in trade talks to move longtime quarterback Matthew Stafford, according to a report by WDIV-TV in Detroit. However, Lions general manager Bob Quinn told the Detroit Free Press on Thursday that the report is "100 percent false."
The conflicting accounts came after Instagram posts from Stafford's wife, Kelly, who said she would be open to a move to Los Angeles if the family's time in Detroit comes to an end.
"Well if Detroit is done with us ... " she wrote while posting an article listing three potential trade destinations for her husband, one which included the Los Angeles Chargers, "I could stay in Cali..."
It may be a smoke screen. It may be true. Or it could drive up Detroit's asking price for the No. 3 pick. The Dolphins could offer as many as three first-rounders and two second-rounders in 2020 -- and two each in 2021.
Either way, the Dolphins should be on high alert -- especially while they're undergoing an extensive rebuild that hinges on drafting a franchise quarterback.
The Stafford chatter is unsettling for a team like the Dolphins, who won five games in coach Brian Flores' first season and might need to make a draft-day trade to land a star quarterback with one of the top three picks.
The Cincinnati Bengals likely will take LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first pick, while the Washington Redskins are expected to take standout Ohio State defensive end Chase Young at No. 2.