Report: Rams to pick up Matthew Stafford’s option, guarantee 2024 salary

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The Rams will have head coach Sean McVay back for the 2023 season and quarterback Matthew Stafford won’t be going anywhere either.

Stafford has said he will not be retiring this offseason and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Rams will pick up Stafford’s $26 million option bonus by the third day of the new league year. That move will also guarantee Stafford’s 2024 salary of $31 million.

That money is also guaranteed for injury and Stafford missed the final weeks of the season with a neck injury, so the Rams might have wound up on the hook either way. Stafford said this week that he feels “really confident” about his health.

The Rams could have made Stafford a post-June 1 cut if they decided to move on from him, but they would incur big chunks of dead money on the cap in 2023 and 2024 if they went that route.

46 responses to “Report: Rams to pick up Matthew Stafford’s option, guarantee 2024 salary

  1. Don’t know, feel like the core of that team has seen is best days already. Their strategy worked great: they got a ring. Now, I’d consider selling all their veterans

  2. I won’t be surprised if Stafford never plays again. These veteran QB’s can squeeze a lot of money out of teams at the end of their careers. Stafford is a family man, so there’s motivation to get paid, and there’s motivation to preserve his health. The Rams owner has tons of money and a shiny new trophy. I think everyone’s happy.

  3. Stafford is by far the best QB on their roster or any they could hope to draft or trade for.

    What a mistake to commit to him as their starter.

  4. Stafford was the last of the #1 picks to get a negotiated contract before they went to the slotted system approved by the CBA. Him and Bradford. I think he got $50 million before he ever took a snap. In short, He is LOADED and his decisions probably aren’t all money driven. The guy has taken a beating in his career.

  5. It not a case of weather they wanted to keep him. From a cap stand point they had to keep him.

  6. Report: Rams to pick up Matthew Stafford’s option, guarantee 2024 salary
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    ..and guaranteed losing season.

  7. At first glance I don’t like it. But it’s probably the right call. He’s not expensive comparatively and they’d have to take a shot on a draft pick, which they don’t have. 30m is the going rate, and he’s a really good QB when healthy. Better to build around him now and get your guy in a year or two.

  8. Every NFL follower knew the team would crash and burn with that eff-them-picks strategy–though I didn’t think the crash would be quite so fast and devastating. Maybe the Rams consider getting last year’s Lombardi worth it. I wouldn’t, though, and I don’t think a flash-in-the-pan strategy is a good way to develop a real fan base in LA.

  9. I have no doubt that he feels confident about his health. However, the confidence is only there before the next brutal hit, which behind that offensive line could come on the first pass play.

  10. Might as well as use up all that is left for him. He has no upside so you hope and pray he holds up for more than half the season.

  11. Really no choice, need to start a serviceable QB. If they can stay healthy no reason they can’t win 10-11 games next year. Salary cap space is issue but I really think McVay doesn’t want this team to turn into ‘92 Redskins post Super Bowl win.

  12. Make no mistake THIS was a condition of McVey’s return. NO way he was staying without the QB he knows well. Nevertheless it is doubtful they are above .500.

  13. donbat67 says:
    January 14, 2023 at 12:14 pm
    They need to get people in the seats somehow.

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    USC has a pretty good QB coming out in 2024. I’m not sure if that draft pick has already been traded away, but he would probably get people in the seats.

  14. So are they hoping Mayfield stays as his backup? Will there be a competition for the job or hoping Mayfield just walks ?

  15. I hope the Rams keep Baker Mayfield. He played well in McVay’s offense, and he’ll get better next year spending the season as the backup instead of going somewhere he doesn’t fit and struggling.

  16. Akers need to play good ALL season, Kupp needs to come back healthy and NOT THROWN TO 95 % of the time. They need a complementary Wr

  17. charliecharger says:
    January 14, 2023 at 11:29 am
    I won’t be surprised if Stafford never plays again. These veteran QB’s can squeeze a lot of money out of teams at the end of their careers. Stafford is a family man, so there’s motivation to get paid, and there’s motivation to preserve his health.
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    According to Sportrac, Stafford has made $300.8 million from his NFL contracts. That’s not including endorsements. Yeah, he’s trying to squeeze money

  18. Love this move and love Stafford. He’s got plenty left in the tank no reason he cant come back and play at a high level. Go Rams!!

  19. Time to pay the piper for the ring. I’m sure they are all ultimately happy to do so. Lions/Rams trade was a win win.

  20. If they stay healthy they probably won’t suck — not as if that’s a great reason to go out and buy Rams season tickets or anything. . . . . .

  21. remizak says:
    January 14, 2023 at 12:03 pm
    Every NFL follower knew the team would crash and burn with that eff-them-picks strategy–though I didn’t think the crash would be quite so fast and devastating. Maybe the Rams consider getting last year’s Lombardi worth it. I wouldn’t, though, and I don’t think a flash-in-the-pan strategy is a good way to develop a real fan base in LA.
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    Crash and burn? You do know they won the SB, right? So much noise about Eff them picks. Trading picks for proven players is not a new strategy and it is actually safer than drafting an unproven player based on what he did in college. Ask Clara about Javon Kinlaw or trading 3 #1’s and a 3rd rounder for Lance, or Ditka giving up his entire draft for Ricky Wilson, which were all like throwing picks away. The Rams acquired a shut down CB (Ramsey) and a proven QB (Stafford) that ended being a big reason why and how they won the SB. Their window of opportunity was open and they got the pieces that put them over the top to reach the brass ring. Scoreboard.

  22. To the people saying over the hill…remind me, who is the reigning Super Bowl winning QB? I couldn’t care less about the Rams or Stafford either but if his injuries aren’t career ending, it’s disrespectful to say that he’s done after 1 poor year. If he comes out and stinks next year, it’s fair. Some of y’all are so reactionary

  23. Similar to the “If a tree falls in the woods” question… yes, the Rams won the Superbowl, but does it really mean anything if there’s no fans to care about it?

  24. I want him to return if only for him to break the record for most pick sixes thrown in a career. Tied for second with Dan Marino (29)and only three behind record holder Brett Favre (32).
    Full faith he can do it next season!

  25. sportsfan says:
    January 14, 2023 at 11:11 am
    Rams will be 6-12

    Sincerely,

    The Detroit Lions
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    Bro….the Rams won the SB. The Lions had a much improved season this year and still missed the playoffs. Rams 100% won that trade. Super. Bowl. Win.

  26. charlsong1 says:
    January 14, 2023 at 1:03 pm
    I hope the Rams keep Baker Mayfield. He played well in McVay’s offense, and he’ll get better next year spending the season as the backup instead of going somewhere he doesn’t fit and struggling

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    Lol. Mayfield had 1 good game and 1 good drive with the Rams. He was the worst QB in the NFL this season by a mile. His QBR was a dead last 27 with the panthers (addition by subtraction for them) and he fined dead last at 24. Somehow it got worse with the Rams.

  27. wickedawesome says:
    January 14, 2023 at 3:29 pm
    Similar to the “If a tree falls in the woods” question… yes, the Rams won the Superbowl, but does it really mean anything if there’s no fans to care about it?
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    I assume your team didn’t make the playoffs.

  28. njeffrey says:
    January 14, 2023 at 12:08 pm
    This team never learns do they ? Next they’ll be trading 2 one’s for a cornerback.
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    If it means winning another SB I sure they’ll make that trade. One thing is for sure, Snead isn’t dumb enough to give up three ones and a three for the right to draft a Trey Lance.

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