The first shockwave of what is likely to be an exciting 2021 offseason was felt this week when it was announced that the Los Angeles Rams were trading for veteran Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Stafford cost the Rams a pretty penny, as the Rams gave up two first round picks (2022 and 2023), a 2021 third round pick and quarterback Jared Goff.
It was quite the haul for the Lions who are underway of their next rebuild, but for the Rams it was a way of pushing their chips all-in.
With the trade, they are will not pick in the first round until 2024 at the earliest. Meaning from 2017-2023 they will have made no first round picks (barring a trade).
The haul for the Lions has most NFL fans siding with Detroit as “winning” the trade.
I mean, they traded a 33-year old Stafford for a 27-year old Goff and received two first round picks as well.
The Rams meanwhile will have to hope that their stars, who are unequivocally stars in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, along with Stafford, receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, and veteran offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth stay healthy. They don’t have any young reinforcements coming in in the immediate.
What do you think of the trade?