The Detroit Lions may have traded Matthew Stafford, but they got a stellar result in return.
It’s never an easy choice to part ways with a quarterback who has been the cornerstone of the franchise for the better part of a decade, but it has to be done at some point. With the Detroit Lionsthey were told by Matthew Stafford, their first overall pick in 2009, that he wanted to play elsewhere in 2021. It was up to the Lions to find a new home for Stafford while receiving a stellar return in return.
Luckily for Detroit, they had quite the market themselves on Saturday, with reports noting that a trade could be concluded before Super Bowl 55. It only took a few hours after this news for the Lions to conclude a trade with… the Los Angeles Rams.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter announced that the Lions send Stafford to the Rams in exchange for two future first-round picks, a third-round pick and quarterback Jared Goff. While the Rams will be considered the winners of the trade, the Lions have also done well.
Lions get much-needed interim capital
The Lions have made it clear they don’t expect the team to fight for a while after signing new head coach Dan Campbell at an all-time high. six-year contract. So this trade helps give Detroit a boost on that.
As for Goff, the Lions are being demoted to quarterback. Goff is coming off a 2020 campaign where he had 3,952 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, and that’s with the likes of Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Van Jefferson and Tyler Higbee at his disposal. Simply put, Goff failed to live up to his $134 million end of the bargain.
But that’s not really the point of this trade. The Lions got the draft capital they desperately needed to rebuild their roster, with wide receiver, offensive line and defensive line needs. Now they can tackle areas that need improvement over the next two years. There’s also the possibility that the Lions could use said capital to advance in the 2021 NFL Draft to potentially select their caller of the future.
Looking at Goff’s contract, he’s fully guaranteed $43 million over the next two years. After the 2022 season, Goff counts zero dead money, by Spotrac. It’s not like the Lions are handcuffed to him until his contract runs out in 2025.
Sure, the Rams are getting a quarterback upgrade to help push the Super Bowl forward, but you can’t call the Lions the losers of the trade. Detroit got exactly what it wanted and needed to succeed, and general manager Brad Holmes should be commended for that.