Contract Extension For Matthew Stafford Not Part Of Rams-Lions Trade

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Matthew Stafford is heading to the Los Angeles Rams, but a re-worked contract won’t be part of the deal.

As you may know by now, the Detroit Lions have traded Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff in a swap of quarterbacks. Several draft picks are also involved, as relayed by OutKick’s Clint Lamb.

But what isn’t expected to happen is a restructured contract for Stafford, according to Ian Rapoport of ESPN. Instead, despite some speculation, Stafford’s deal will remain the same. He is signed through 2022, with base salaries of $9.5 million and $12.5 million. Along with that, he has $10.5 million in “workout bonuses” each season.

“Given the price they paid to get Stafford, it’s reasonable to think the Rams see him as more than a two-year solution at quarterback so an extension could be in the cards at some point down the road,” noted Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

Stafford completed 64.2 percent of his passes in 2020 for 4,084 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The trade cannot become official until March, per NFL rules.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. if we assume that football ratings and revenues will eventually fully recover after this year and next, are we seeing a change in how QB’s are valued and paid?

    teams need some certainty and that why we have contracts in sports, but players want movability like players in the NBA have.

    the reality is that the money is getting so big, that teams would benefit from a year to year approach like Peyton Manning did with the Broncos over 4 years. he had 4 yearly contracts with the team’s choice.

    this gives the star player an Out. and a Team also gets an Out!

  2. Stafford is a great fit in LA. After leaving it all on the field, doing everything he could do, all for an organization that obviously has never cared about winning, I’m glad he’s getting a chance with a real team around him. I think he will crush it, and you know he’s hungry to finally establish himself in the conversation with the other elite QBs. To me Stafford is living proof that it’s not ONLY a good QB that makes a good team. You have to have an organization that wants to win too, or it’s not happening. Look at all the top QBs today and ALL have been fortunate to be parts of great franchises and coaching staffs committed to winning. Not so in Detroit. I hope Stafford takes the Rams all the way. LA is now my super bowl favorite heading into 2021.

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