Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff trade details: How the Rams pulled off the blockbuster QB with the Lions
Matthew Stafford spent his first 12 seasons in the NFL with the Lions. He will wear a different shade of blue for his 13th season.
Stafford is set to make his Rams debut on Sunday night against the Bears (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC) after being traded from the Lions to Los Angeles in a hit deal last March for quarterback Jared Goff, a third-round pick in 2021 and a first-round pick in 2022 and 2023.
The move was a clear signal from the Rams that the time to win is now and that they wanted a more proven product than Goff, who has been inconsistent to start his NFL career.
As Stafford prepares to face Chicago, SN watches how he landed in Los Angeles.
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Before the 2020 NFL season officially ended with the conclusion of the playoffs, it was reported that Stafford wanted to leave Detroit.
The 2009 first overall pick had been one of the league’s most reliable quarterbacks, throwing for at least 4,000 yards in eight seasons and over 20 touchdowns in all but three. Still, the Lions have struggled perpetually, amassing just a 74-90-1 record in his time with them.
It didn’t take long in Los Angeles to take it out on Stafford.
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Goff helped the Rams reach the Super Bowl after the 2018 season and it looked like he could be LA’s long-term answer to the QB. That year, he completed 64.9% of his passes for 4,688 yards, with 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
He retreated the following season with 22 touchdowns and 16 picks before throwing 20 touchdowns and 13 INTs in 2020. The Rams wanted a new face under center, someone other than the player they took in first place. from the 2016 draft.
The Lions had already started shopping in Stafford. Several suitors came to call, but Stafford did not want to end up with the Patriots Where Panthers. New England ended up drafting Alabama’s Mac Jones 15th overall, then cut off last year’s starter, Cam Newton, at the end of the preseason to usher in a new era. The The Panthers traded for Sam Darnold in the hopes that he shows the advantage that earned him being drafted third by the Jets in 2018.
About a week after the Stafford news broke, the Rams and Lions had a deal in place. Lions have invested in the future with the Goff, 26, and the peaks, while the winning Rams took on the more tried and tested Stafford.
It was an ideal match for Stafford, who, according to reports, had the Rams at the top of the list. He would also have been happy with the 49ers, who almost made a deal but could not have it before their Californian counterparts.
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What’s next for Stafford and Goff?
Stafford is not getting any younger, so now is the time for him and the Rams.
He’s 33 years old and only 18 quarterbacks older than that have totaled at least 4,000 passing yards in one season. Only 10 quarterbacks over 33 have started and won a Super Bowl. Not to mention that his contract expires at the end of the 2022 season. If he and the Rams are to reach a Super Bowl and win it, they will have to do so in the next two seasons.
Expectations for Goff in Detroit will likely be more gradual. If he can return to the form he showed when he led the Rams to a Super Bowl, then the Lions, who are in the midst of a seemingly endless rebuild, will be happy with their end of the bargain. The first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 are also expected to help the cause.
Goff has his first chance to show Lions fans what he’s got when Detroit hosts the 49ers at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Stafford and the Rams are on the road to take on the Bears in prime time.