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Matthew Stafford is being traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff, two future first-round picks and a future third-round pick, according to Adam Schefter.
The blockbuster deal includes two former No. 1 overall picks, Stafford in 2009 and Goff in 2016, swapping teams. Both quarterbacks will get fresh starts with their new teams next season. The Rams will also be sending Detroit a third-round pick in 2021, a first-round pick in 2022, and another first-round pick in 2023. It won't become official until the start of the league year on March 17th.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is generating significant interest from teams and is expected to be traded before the Super Bowl, according to the latest reports from Ian Rapoport.
Stafford has been the subject of trade rumors since the end of his 2020 season in Detroit, where the franchise quarterback threw for over 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns in yet another impressive campaign on a team with sub-par talent throughout the roster and organization. With a new regime set to take over by newly appointed Lions head coach Dan Campbell, he expressed the team's interest in Stafford's replacement as they field trade offers from various teams in the market for the elite veteran quarterback heading into the 2021 season. Continue monitoring the latest updates on Stafford, as he is reportedly expected to land a trade deal with a new franchise within the upcoming week.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports Matthew Stafford considers the Rams a "viable contender" in his trade market with the Lions.
It seems impossible that the Rams would be able to pull off such a move with Jared Goff's disastrous contract on the books for a few more years. Additionally, LA's earliest pick in this year's draft comes at No. 57 overall. Still, Fowler adds that the Rams have explored the possibilities with Stafford. The Lions figure to trade their franchise QB by March 21st when a roster bonus would cost them an additional $10 million.
Matthew Stafford, who has agreed to part way with the ions via trade, is not getting as much interest as expected a day into the team's push for a trade, per Mike Florio with Pro Football Talk.
As of now, only 10 teams in the league have reached out to the Lions regarding their 32-year-old veteran quarterback. Stafford still has two years left on his contract that will hit a team's cap for $59M. Although the list of interested teams hasn't been revealed, there are absolutely more than 10 teams that could use the veteran's presence. Stafford played through a handful of injuries in 2020 but still suited up for all 16 games, recording 4,084 yards and 26 touchdowns while completing 64.2% of his attempts.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that teams are already reaching out to the Detroit Lions to initiate trade talks surrounding Matthew Stafford.
Over the weekend Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported that the Lions and Stafford were mutually agreeing to part ways this offseason. Understandably, many teams are expected to be interested in the 32-year-old franchise quarterback. There's a plethora of QB-needy teams around the league, which means things could move quickly on the trade front. Stay tuned.
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