Aaron Donald was shocked by Jared Goff/Matthew Stafford trade

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The trade sending Jared Goff from the Rams to the Lions in exchange for Matthew Stafford hasn’t become official yet, but that’s not stopping others from chiming in about the deal.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is among those who have shared their reactions to the swap of quarterbacks. Donald was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show and said that his initial reaction upon learning of the deal was the same as a lot of other people around the country.

“I’m pretty sure everybody was shocked with it,” Donald said. “Stafford’s a great quarterback. I’m excited about having him with the team. A veteran guy that knows the game, been playing the game at a high level for a long time. It was a business decision that the Rams organization chose to make. I will always love Goff, that’s my brother forever. I guess things didn’t work out how they wanted to, so they made a change.”

The Rams made it to a Super Bowl with Goff running the offense and Donald spearheading the defense. The trade makes it clear they don’t believe that combo was going to get back to that level and they sent a couple of first-round picks to Detroit to see if Stafford can fare better on the offensive side of the equation.

6 responses to “Aaron Donald was shocked by Jared Goff/Matthew Stafford trade

  1. Did the Rams get a better QB, probably. Will that QB be good enough to lead this Ram’s team to a Super Bowl win, I doubt it, but I could be wrong. Will the Rams in the future be a better team after losing all those draft picks and being maybe $37 million over the cap, also doubtful.

  2. The Rams will be under the cap soon enough. No one is better than Les Snead at identifying talent in the later rounds and even after the draft. Rams have been in the hunt for the Super Bowl for the last four years, and will be for the next 4 as well. Oddsmakers seem to agree.

  3. “The Rams made it to a Super Bowl with Goff running the offense and Donald spearheading the defense.”

    …And the refs contributing with a horrible non-call.

  4. I’d think the Rams would be a favorite to get back to the super bowl, whether they had Stafford or Goff. Goff has won more games than any QB other than Tom Brady, since 2017, so it’s not like they’re getting a huge upgrade at QB. We’ll see. I’m thinking the clock was ticking loudly on the Rams’ front office, and they were forced to make a super bowl or bust kind of deal. I can see it working out. Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, and Leonard Floyd are 3 MF’s on defense. Stafford has never been on a team with a great defense. He won’t be under pressure all day long, and won’t need to try to force as many throws out of desperation. Stafford will feel like a kid in a candy store. It’s not quite the feeling I had when Tampa Bay signed Brady, but I think it could work. I also think Goff could be a good fit in Detroit. They’re re-building, and Goff still has many years left.

  5. Shocking? No, what would be shocking is when Donald get’s traded because Les tries too hard to get some draft picks back to save his job and the drop that will be hitting the salary cap next season. Bet on it.

  6. The trade would have been better had the Lions receive 2 1st round picks, the 3rd round pick and Donald….

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