Several other teams pursued Matthew Stafford

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The Rams got Matthew Stafford. Several other teams wanted him.

Peter King of NBC Sports reports that the Panthers were “very interested” in Stafford, and “competed for him.” Other teams, per King, who were interested in Stafford include the Broncos, Colts, and 49ers.

Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post reports that the Washington Football Team offered the Lions a package that was “better” for the Lions in 2021. Detroit receives only a 2021 third-round pick from the Rams this year, with first-rounders in 2022 and 2023.

It’s impossible to ask the question of whether one of the other teams interested in Stafford would have given up two first-round picks and a third-round pick for Stafford, because the Rams didn’t give up two first-round picks and a third-round pick for Stafford. The Rams gave up those picks in part to get the Lions to take on the contract of quarterback Jared Goff.

If the Lions had sent Stafford anywhere else, the Lions necessarily would have gotten less.

Of course, the Lions could have traded Stafford to another team while still buying the Goff contract in a separate transaction. The Rams presumably tied it all together in order to ensure that they emerged from the broader transaction with a quarterback.

What would it have been for just Stafford? A first-round pick and a third-round pick? That would mean the Rams gave up a first-round pick to unload Goff.

By putting it all in one bucket, it’s impossible to know what the Rams gave up to get rid of Goff. And that makes the Brock Osweiler-style hot potato nature of the Goff portion of the deal less conspicuous.

11 responses to “Several other teams pursued Matthew Stafford

  1. I love it. Pay a team a 1st round pick to eat a bad contract. Why not? I am shocked INDY didn’t land him but DETROIT had to take the best offer. I read SF offered two 2nd’s & two 3rd’s. Doesn’t really compare even if SF through in Jimmy G. Great trade here for DETROIT.

  2. Thanks for pointing out the eating Goff’s contract aspect of the deal. That aspect is lost upon at least half of the people reading this without further explanation.

  3. As a casual football fan, I love seeing familiar faces in new places.

    But Goff played with a broken thumb. Guess that doesn’t count for much these days. Big money, the window on their defense is closing, no time to get sentimental, or patient. I get it.

    Just wonder how Jared Goff became so horrible that McVay couldn’t find a way to make it work with him.

  4. Lions made the right choice. They are a few years away from being able to compete in their division. Heck, I bet they can scoop another haul out of that 7th pick for a QB hungry team. If they could get another first rounder in 2022 or even 2023 – even better. Trey Flowers is an asset that could get a nice return for as well. Time to start building their war chest of draft picks. They are probably picking first overall with their own pick next year, and having 4 or 5 quality first rounders over a couple of years is how a team quickly becomes contenders. Because all of those players aren’t just good – they are also cheap.

  5. This was a good deal for both teams. Goff’s contract is an albatross that L.A. absolutely needed to be rid of, and Stafford is an accomplished quarterback who handles pressure like the veteran that he is. Detroit, on the other hand, gets more (draft) capital than it has seen since the 1973 Energy Crisis. Goff is, well, bad, but maybe Anthony Lynn with his simple but efficient scheme will minimize his propensity for targeting wide open safeties while maximizing the effectiveness of his big league arm.

  6. Would WFT not include Smith? Would Carolina not include Teddy B? What would be the point of carrying two QBs with $20+ million salaries? We’ll never know what the deals were. It doesn’t matter. Watson is worth whatever someone is willing to give up for him. Nothing more or less.

  7. No offense to Stafford, but I would take Heinicke over him any day of the week here in Washington.

  8. RussianBreadMaker says:
    February 1, 2021 at 10:30 am
    No offense to Stafford, but I would take Heinicke over him any day of the week here in Washington.

    SSSSSSHHHHHHHHHH!! We have to Keep Heinicke under the radar until he is locked up for 6 years. (p.s. I agree.)

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