Matthew Stafford is going from the Lions to the Rams in a mega-trade sending Jared Goff to Detroit with a bevvy of picks!
In 2021, there are potentially 16-18 teams with QB situations up in the air. Two of those teams may have sorted themselves with a mega-trade last night. The Detroit Lions are trading Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff, a third-rounder in the 2021 draft and a first-rounder in the 2022 and 2023 drafts. That may seem a little steep for a 33-year old QB who has some injury concerns, but this was as much about Stafford as it was about getting rid of Jared Goff and his huge contract. The Lions want to take a long-term approach to this rebuild and Dan Campbell is fine waiting for those first-rounders with the security of his sixth-year deal.
The Lions are taking on Goff’s remaining deal which amounts to $104 million over the next four years but they can cut him in 2022 with minimal cap consequences. The Rams are getting Matthew Stafford on a two-year contract for just $43 million, an absolute steal if he stays healthy and helps push this loaded LA roster over the edge. In 11 seasons, Stafford threw for 45,000 yards and 282 TDs, known for his toughness and is going to a team that will give him a much better shot at winning a title as he enters his twilight years. The jury is still out on Goff, while he made the Super Bowl two years ago, teams have shown time and time again that he is very scheme dependent and won’t win you the game by himself. That being said, who knows what could happen in the NFL?
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