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Matthew Stafford is officially on the move. After rumors began to circulate that the longtime Detroit Lion would be moved prior to the Super Bowl, the deal is now complete.
According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Los Angeles Rams are sending two future first-round picks, a third-round pick and Jared Goff to Detroit in exchange for Stafford. That news was announced late on Saturday night.
Detroit is dealing QB Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for two future first-round picks, a third-round pick and QB Jared Goff, per sources. Two former No. 1 overall picks trading places in the first blockbuster NFL trade of 2021.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 31, 2021
This move instantly makes the NFC West more competitive. The Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers are all competitive teams right now, but mediocre-to-poor quarterback play has plagued Los Angeles in recent years.
The team still managed to win 10 games this season and finish second in the division, but Stafford will provide a sizable upgrade at the most important position on the field. He completed 64.2 percent of his passes in 2020 for 4,084 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Imagining him in Sean McVay’s offense with Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds and Van Jefferson is almost unfair.
On the flip side, Goff is heading back to the Lions. It’s likely that the Rams had to part with more picks in order to make that happen. What his future looks like in Detroit remains to be seen, but it might not last long.
Update: Albert Breer followed up the news with details on why the Rams gave up so much. It has been confirmed that was due to Detroit taking on Goff’s massive contract.
Other teams offered the Lions '21 first-rounders for Matthew Stafford. Why is the Rams' haul so much greater? Detroit agreed to take on Jared Goff's contract, adding an NBA element to this trade.
Goff has $43M fully guaranteed (and $54.3M total) the next 2 years with NO offsets.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 31, 2021
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