Rams are Trading Jared Goff and Three Future Draft Picks for Lions Matthew Stafford


The Los Angeles Rams are trading quarterback Jared Goff and three future picks for the Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Jared Goff played five seasons for the Rams, leading the Rams to the Super Bowl in the 2018 season, but ended up losing 13-3 to the New England Patriots. 


Matthew Stafford is heading into his thirteenth season in the NFL. Being one of eight quarterbacks in NFL history to throw over 5,000 yards in a single season, he also made the 2014 Pro Bowl and has thrown for the seventh most yards in a single game with 520 yards. According to ESPN.Com, “Stafford — the first overall pick in 2009 — ranks first in Lions history in completion percentage (62.6%), passing yards (45,109) and passing touchdowns (282) and his 74 wins are the most for a starting quarterback in Detroit.” It was also stated in ESPN.Com that “since 2009, the Lions have ranked among the worst rushing teams in the NFL and have fielded mostly subpar defensive units”.


After the Rams Super Bowl run in 2018, the Rams signed Goff to a four year $134 Million contract with $110 million guaranteed, as mentioned in SI.com. In the 2019 season, the Rams missed the playoffs, and in 2020 they defeated their division rivals the Seahawks 30-20 in the wild Card round of the playoffs. The Rams were later eliminated by the Greenbay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs. As maintained by NFL.com, “Matthew Stafford, a veteran quarterback with experience in multiple playoff games, but no postseason wins.” Stafford has gone 0-3 while losing to the New Orlean saints in 2012, the Dallas Cowboys in 2015, and against the Seattle Seahawks in 2017. 


Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald said, “I’m pretty sure everybody was shocked by it… But Stafford’s a great quarterback. I’m excited about having him with the team, a veteran guy that knows the game, that’s been playing the game at a high level for a long time. It was a business decision that the Rams organization chose to make. I will always love Goff, that’s my brother forever, but I guess things didn’t work out how they wanted to, so they made a change…I will never say nothing bad about Goff, that’s my brother. Always gonna keep in contact with him, always gonna talk.”


As specified by NbcSports.com, Jared Goff is just excited to be somewhere that he knows wants him and appreciates him — “As the quarterback, as the guy that’s at arguably the most important position on the field, if you’re in a place that you’re not wanted and they want to move on from you, the feeling’s mutual”. Also stated in Yahoo Sports, “You don’t want to be in the wrong place. It became increasingly clear that was the case… Regardless of how it ended, me and Sean had a great relationship and did so many great things together.k Won a bunch of big games. Won a bunch of playoff games. Won two divisions together. Having so much success on the offense, so many good times and memories.”


“Just as Tom Brady had lured free agents to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Matthew Stafford is expected to do the same for the Los Angeles Rams…,” said Adam Schefter of ESPN, “One of those players expected to be interested in joining Stafford in Los Angeles is Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., per sources. Jones is scheduled to be a free agent this winter; he grew up in Fontana, California, and later attended Cal. The Rams and Jones seem like a natural fit even before free agency begins March 17.”


The Rams and Lions will be playing at the Sofi Stadium on the Rams fifth home game of the 2021 season. The trade will not be official until free agency starts on March 17th.