Lions trade Stafford to LA for Goff, draft picks
By admin - February 1, 2021
The Detroit Lions are trading quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for quarterback Jared Goff. Here are the highlights:
- The deal has not been completed and will not become official until the start of the new league year March 17, according to sources.
- The deal includes two future first-round draft picks and a third-round pick.
- Stafford asked to be traded shortly after the current season ended with the Lions’ third straight campaign with at least 10 losses. He has been one of the NFL’s most prolific passers during his 12-year career spent entirely in Detroit.
- Meanwhile, the Rams’ coaching staff and front office have publicly expressed a clear loss of confidence in Goff in recent weeks, including the playoffs. Goff led the Rams to the Super Bowl after the 2018 season.
- Stafford, who turns 33 in February, has two years left on a $135 million, five-year contract.
- Goff is about to start a four-year, $134 million contract with $110 million guaranteed.
- The Lions had several offers for Stafford, and they all included first-round picks, according to sources.
- Although the Rams didn’t confirm the trade, their official Twitter account tweeted at Kershaw, asking him: “Have you heard from an old friend today?”
- The Rams went 10-6 this season and beat NFC West champion Seattle in the playoffs before losing at Green Bay. Goff passed for 3,952 yards and 20 touchdowns — his lowest total since his rookie year — with 13 interceptions and six lost fumbles over 15 games.