Sources: Lions trade Stafford for Rams for Goff

Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford is on the way to Los Angeles Rams in exchange for quarterback Jared Goff and a variety of draft picks, sources said Adam Schefter of ESPN on Saturday night.

Lions will receive a third round selection in 2021, a first round selection in 2022, and a first round selection in 2023. This is the first replacement of the previous No. 1 overall selection in the collaborative design era (since 1967). The deal cannot be made official until the beginning of the new league year on March 17th.

According to business news, the Rams’ Super Bowl odds for the 2021 season at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill rose from +1800 to +1500.

It is the first big step for the new Lions general director Brad Holmes, who was hired earlier this month by the Rams for whom he was the director of college scouting. That was Holmes’ role in moving the Rams from No. 15 picks to Goff first overall in the 2016 NFL Draft and causing a sensation after 21 seasons in St. Louis. The Rams will not make another selection in the first round until at least 2024.

A source told ESPN that the Lions were interested in seven or eight teams offering picks for the first round in compensation for Stafford. While the deal for Goff doesn’t necessarily prevent the Lions from taking a quarterback in this year’s draft, Goff told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington on Saturday night that he had spoken to Dan Campbell and that the new Lions coach had made it clear through his message, that Goff is in Detroit’s plans for the future.

When asked about Detroit’s last game of the 2020 season if he thought it would be his last game with the Lions, Stafford said he didn’t want to get into hypothetical situations. Shortly after the season ended, Stafford went to Rod Wood, president of the Lions team, and mentioned that a deal might be best for both sides.

Stafford, 32, will leave Detroit as the team’s absolute leader in each category. He’s number 16 in the NFL, passing yards (45,109) and touchdowns (282), number 18 on attempts (6,224) and number 14 on completions (3,898). His career passer rating of 89.9 is number 21 all-time, and his 144 interceptions are number 66 all-time Joe Flacco and Steve Bartkowski.

Stafford is # 4 all-time for yards per game (273.4) Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees and Andrew Luck. He’s also second all-time behind Luck in attempts per game (37.7) and fourth in completions per game (23.6), behind Brees, Mahomes and Matt Ryan.

Stafford entered the league number 1 in the Georgia Draft in 2009 and immediately became Detroit’s starter. Injuries, including a severed shoulder, hampered his first two seasons in the NFL, but he started all but eight games for Detroit since the start of the 2011 season.

When he missed the last eight games of the 2019 season due to broken bones in his back, a streak of 136 starts ended – at the time the sixth longest start streak for a quarterback in NFL history.

Stafford has struggled with many illnesses over the years, including injuries to the rib, ankle and right thumb last season. In 2018 he also played with back fractures and a proximal interphalangeal joint dislocation of the middle finger of his throwing hand in 2016.

While the Lions never won NFC North with Stafford quarterback, he has kept them largely competitive for the past decade as the team’s first pick after the 2008-016 Detroit season. Stafford had eight seasons with 4,000 or more yards and a 5,038-yard season in 2011 when he also threw a career-high 41 touchdowns. Stafford has executed at least 20 touchdowns – and at least 10 interceptions – in every full season of his career.

Stafford already has friends and a place to stay on the west coast: he owns an estate in Newport Coast, southeast of Los Angeles in Orange County, and is a childhood friend and former long-time high school teammate Dodgers As Clayton Kershaw.

Although the Rams didn’t confirm the deal, their official Twitter account tweeted at Kershaw and asked, “Did you hear from an old friend today?”

Stafford have only won five of 16 games against their new division opponents in NFC West. Goff has now won four out of six against NFC North.

Goff, who turned 26 in October, left LA after five seasons, including four under Ram’s manager Sean McVay, and with a record of 42-27. He started seven times without a win as a rookie under former coach Jeff Fisher before the Rams hired McVay, who was known for his offensive acumen and ability to develop quarterbacks. McVay and Goff flourished in their first two seasons together, winning consecutive division titles and an NFC championship.

The Rams granted Goff a four-year extension of $ 134 million, with a $ 110 million guarantee after leading the Rams to a Super Bowl LIII appearance. After a 13-3 defeat against the New England Patriots in that Super Bowl, when the Rams fell from a highest-scoring team to an average unit for the past two seasons.

Problems between Goff and McVay became apparent during the 2020 season despite a 10-6 record. After a 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers In Week 12, McVay publicly called the quarterback for three turnovers and requested that the problem be improved. In the past two seasons, Goff finished second in the NFL with 38 sales.

McVay chose to start an undeveloped free agent backup John Wolford in a wildcard playoff game in Seattle Seahawks Though Goff told his trainer that he would be ready to throw his hand on his thumb 12 days after surgery. Wolford left that competition in the first quarter with a neck injury, and Goff, the only backup available, went through for 155 yards and a touchdown in the 30-20 win. After the game, Goff expressed disappointment that he hadn’t started.

A week later in a divisional playoff at the Green Bay PackersMcVay was forced to start Goff, with Wolford pausing because of his neck. Goff passed for 174 yards and a touchdown in a 32-18 loss.

After the Packers game, when asked if Goff was his quarterback, McVay said, “Yeah, he’s our quarterback right now.”

Earlier this week, Rams general manager Les Snead failed to cast a public vote of confidence in Goff when asked several times about the quarterback’s future with the Rams.

“Moving on from Jared Goff is … the money we put into him that is not easy to overcome,” said Snead, who later added that “anything can be done” in a cap-based system.

The Lions will compete against the Rams at SoFi next season.

ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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