In many other NFL off-seasons, swapping quarterbacks that was once number 1 with a bunch of early future picks would also mark the boldest and most intriguing move of the winter. But the deal, made on Saturday by the Detroit Lions, who agreed to take Jared Goff’s onerous contract from the Los Angeles Rams to sweeten their return for Matthew Stafford, could just kick off a series of savage quarterback- Deals and signings in the next two months that will turn the NFL landscape upside down.
Roughly half of the league’s 32 teams ended the regular season with uncertainty in the quarterback position. That group includes the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints – Philip Rivers retired at the end of the regular season and Drew Brees is likely to follow suit – but the Houston Texans, who are at a stalemate with their wonderful but disgruntled people At the top are star Deshaun Watson, who allegedly requested a trade.
The Rams had spent weeks pointing out their disenchantment with Goff, in whom they had invested $ 110 million, guaranteed by a contract extension signed 16 months ago. Instead of risking another team acquiring Stafford, which has long been among the league’s more prolific passer-bys, they lured Detroit by sending out round three selection in this year’s NFL draft and first round in 2022 and 2023 Discharge Goff’s contract.
A person in football with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the deal, which can only be made official at the start of the new league year on March 17th. However, the Rams winked at him on Saturday night in a post on Twitter asking if Dodger’s pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who was attending Highland Park High School in Texas with Stafford, “heard from an old friend today?”
For Los Angeles, taking over Stafford is just another bold move for a franchise specializing in them. The Rams haven’t moved in in the first round since 2016 when they traded against Goff. If they don’t make a selection, they won’t make another selection until 2024. But it’s the team’s drive to ditch the draft compensation for production at critical positions that has consistently positioned and even topped up as a contender in the NFC for the Super Bowl behind Goff in the 2018 season.
In the past two years, however, Goff has declined and made 38 sales – 29 interceptions that were third in the NFL during that time – and was even deployed in favor of undrawn backup John Wolford at the end of the regular season, despite being coach Sean McVay said he had recovered enough from thumb surgery to start. By getting rid of Goff, the Rams win the severe downfield passing threat they’ve been missing while strengthening their ability to compete in an NFC West where Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson set a breakneck pace.
In anticipation of more moves, this Rams iteration – the team had the stingiest defense in the league in the 2020 season – could have more talent than any other team Stafford has played with Detroit in their 12 NFL seasons. This stretch was defined by the Lions’ inability to match him on the other side of the ball. Stafford, who turns 33 on Sunday, is by far the Lions’ franchise leader in handing over yards, deals and touchdowns, ranking fifth among active quarterbacks in career yards at 45,109. But he has only played three playoff games, won none, and was selected for only one Pro Bowl in 2014.
He asked the Lions to act on him this off-season, and his departure marks another milestone in their major organizational overhaul. After Detroit sacked Coach Matt Patricia and General Manager Bob Quinn in November 2020, Detroit hired a new coach, Dan Campbell, and a new general manager, Brad Holmes, to lead the selection of Goff # 1 as the director of college scouting The Rams had endorsed Overall in 2016.
Still guaranteed around $ 43 million, Goff provides Detroit with a credible quarterback to start in 2021, but does little to stop the team from pursuing another quarterback on draft. The Lions, who are in the top eight for the third year in a row, are storing picks to not only add to a sparse roster, but also to create a package for Stafford’s long-term successors.
Given the package the Lions received for Stafford, it is believed that should the Texans comply with Watson’s request, they will attempt to extract an even larger number of picks for the first round for a younger and better quarterback. According to this logic, however, Houston would also have to sign a contract as onerous as Goff’s in order to receive reasonable compensation.
That compromise paid off for the Lions, who cleared their quarterback situation, and for the Rams, who seem delighted to have landed Stafford. Much of the league will be busy figuring out whether to stay or try to outdo them.