Matthew Stafford has solely ever performed for the Detroit Lions — till now. In a blockbuster commerce, the Lions despatched Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in alternate for the Rams’ first-round draft picks in 2022 and 2023, a third-round decide in 2021, and quarterback Jared Goff, CBS Sports activities NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirmed.
Stafford and the Lions had mutually agreed to half methods earlier within the week, with the staff shifting in a brand new route beneath new normal supervisor Brad Holmes (who till earlier this offseason was the Rams’ director of school scouting) and head coach Dan Campbell. Stafford heads to a ready-made contender within the Rams, who’ve had one of many NFL’s greatest defenses for a number of seasons and had beforehand been one of many league’s most explosive offenses earlier than Goff’s backslide over the previous two years.
Stafford will get to work in an offensive system that has been pleasant to quarterbacks, behind an offensive line that excels in cross safety, and with high quality pass-catchers in Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett, and Van Jefferson. Goff, in the meantime, will head to a rebuilding Lions staff, and he is probably not lengthy for Detroit, given his contract state of affairs.
The Rams signed Goff to a four-year, $130 million contract extension after his third NFL season, and can take a major dead-money hit onto their books after making this deal. Goff will depend for $22.2 million on LA’s books in 2021 whereas he’s enjoying for Detroit, whereas the Rams inherit the 2 years and $43 million remaining on Stafford’s contract. Equally, Stafford will depend for $17.8 million on the Lions’ books in 2021, and Detroit will inherit the 4 years and $106.6 million remaining on Goff’s deal. Crucially, although, there isn’t a assured cash left on Goff’s contract, so the Lions will be capable to transfer on from him after this season in the event that they so select.
The Rams, after buying and selling for Stafford, will go seven consecutive seasons with out making a first-round decide. They traded their 2016 and 2017 firsts to maneuver up for Goff within the 2016 draft. They traded their 2018 first for huge receiver Brandin Cooks, their 2019 first-rounder to the Falcons for second and third-round picks, and their 2020 and 2021 first-rounders to the Jaguars for Jalen Ramsey. Stafford, then, higher be well worth the worth, as a result of the Rams have continued mortgaging their future to seek out success within the near-term.
Stafford — who spent a decade in Detroit and departs because the Lions’ all-time chief in completions (3,898) passing yards (45,109), passing touchdowns (282), and quarterback wins (74) — took the franchise to 3 playoff appearances in his tenure, however the staff didn’t win a playoff sport, going 0-3. The Rams shall be relying on him having a lot higher success in LA than he did in Detroit. They’ve the roster to set him up for that success, having made the playoffs in three of 4 seasons beneath Sean McVay and advancing to the Tremendous Bowl in 2018 earlier than finally falling to the New England Patriots.
Goff’s struggles over the previous two seasons led to the staff taking a step backward, lacking the playoffs in 2019, after which getting knocked out within the first spherical in 2020. That backslide spurred curiosity to find a method to transfer on and improve from Goff, which they achieved with this commerce.
For Goff, it’s an unceremonious finish to his tenure with the Rams. He struggled badly in 2019 and elements of 2020 and was not named the starter for the staff’s wild-card sport regardless of feeling he was wholesome sufficient to play simply weeks after breaking his thumb. Goff ultimately entered the sport on account of an damage to began John Wolford, however was unable to guide the Rams to a victory over the Inexperienced Bay Packers.
Now, simply two seasons faraway from taking his staff to the Tremendous Bowl, he is been traded away and seen his staff pay a major premium to get another person beneath middle. He’ll have an opportunity to re-establish himself in Detroit beneath Campbell and new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, however with the staff clearly coming into the early phases of a rebuild and his contract an onerous one, he’ll must take a major step ahead to carve out a spot within the staff’s long-term plans. In any other case, he could discover himself on the open market following subsequent season.