Mike Jones, USA TODAY
Published 11: 52 p.m. ET Jan. 30, 2021 | Updated 12: 15 a.m. ET Jan. 31, 2021
Clear to scurry on from the quarterback they awarded a four-year, $100 million contract to accurate two seasons ago, the Los Angeles Rams have pulled off a blockbuster deal.
They’re sending Jared Goff, two first-spherical draft picks and a third-spherical pick to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Matthew Stafford, two of us with information of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Saturday night, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal had no longer been announced publicly.
The Rams are parting with first-spherical picks in 2022 and 2023 to earn Stafford, who had reached an agreement with team brass to determine a trade as Detroit rebuilds below a new head coach, Dan Campbell, and first-year general manger Brad Holmes. Holmes accurate joined Detroit after 17 years in the Rams’ organization.
Los Angeles is forking over watch-popping compensation, but coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead had publicly signaled their dissatisfaction with Goff, who has appeared to regress since signing that $134 million contract in September 2019.
The Rams have been aggressive in dealing away draft picks for star players since McVay came aboard in 2017. They have dealt first-spherical picks for large receiver Brandin Cooks (no longer with the team), cornerback Jalen Ramsey and now Stafford. Los Angeles hasn’t drafted in the first spherical since 2016 and now may perhaps be no longer scheduled to have a first-spherical pick till 2024.
Goff, the first overall pick in 2016, was an instrumental figure in the Rams’ hasten to the Elegant Bowl in 2018. Then again, his inconsistent play in the last two seasons frustrated McVay, who runs a quarterback-friendly arrangement.
Late in the season, after Goff broke the thumb in his throwing hand, John Wolford played successfully, and even when Goff returned, McVay started Wolford for the team’s wild-card playoff game. Wolford obtained knocked out of the game with an harm, so McVay had no preference but to turn to Goff, who played successfully sufficient to assist the team beat Seattle. But the Rams misplaced to Green Bay the following week.
Asked about Goff’s future following the season, McVay and Snead remained non-committal, saying he was “a Ram, at the second.”
The willingness to mortgage the future to acquire Stafford is enthralling, and in some ways aesthetic.
Stafford, the first overall pick in 2009, will be 33 this season. For all of his passing yards – he’s the fastest player to reach 45,000 career yards – he has greatest one Pro Bowl selection for his career and owns an 0-3 myth in the playoffs.
Yet the Rams gape Stafford and his tall arm as an upgrade over Goff as they are attempting to remain aggressive in a hotly contested NFC West, which features the 49ers, Seahawks and Cardinals.
Stafford has accurate two seasons left on a 5-year, $135 million contract signed in 2017.
Stafford is ecstatic over the deal, a particular person with swear information of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.on Saturday. The particular person requested anonymity because the trade had no longer been officially announced.
After years of playing on underperforming Lions teams plagued by talent deficiencies, he now goes to a team with a championship-caliber roster, as successfully as one in all the brightest younger coaches in the game.