April 21, 2021

DCTRS

Damascus Center for Theoretical and Civil Rights Studies

Rams trade Jared Goff to Lions for Matthew Stafford in swap of quarterbacks

Five years after making Jared Goff the No. 1 pick in the draft, the Rams on Saturday traded the quarterback to the Detroit Lions for quarterback Matthew Stafford, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

As part of the deal the Rams also sent the Lions a third-round pick this year and two future first-round picks, said the person who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the deal.

Stafford, who turns 33 on Feb. 7, was the first pick in the 2009 draft. He was voted to the Pro Bowl once in 12 seasons and is 0-3 in three playoff games. Other than receiver Calvin Johnson, however, Stafford, has never played with a surplus of talent.

Stafford has passed for 45,109 yards and 282 touchdowns, with 144 interceptions. This season, he passed for 4,084 yards and 26 touchdowns, with 10 interceptions.

Stafford has two years remaining on his contract and had salary-cap numbers of $33 million in 2021 and $26 million in 2022, according to overthecap.com. Stafford and Lions ownership reportedly agreed to pursue trading him.

Goff, 26, made the Pro Bowl twice and led the Rams to three playoff appearances in four seasons with coach Sean McVay, reaching the Super Bowl in 2018.

Before the 2019 season, he signed a $134-million extension, with $110 million in guarantees. Since then, his production has fallen.

This season, he passed for a career-low 20 touchdowns, with 13 interceptions as the Rams finished 10-6. Goff sat out the season finale against the Arizona Cardinals while recovering from right thumb surgery. But the following week, despite Goff saying he was capable of playing, McVay again started backup John Wolford in an NFC wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks.

After Wolford suffered a first-quarter neck injury, Goff came off the bench and helped lead the Rams to victory. Goff started the divisional-round game against the Green Bay Packers and passed for a touchdown in the 32-18 season-ending defeat.

After the game, McVay said Goff was the Rams’ quarterback, “right now,” putting Goff’s future with the team in doubt. Just over a week later, general manager Les Snead said Goff was the Rams’ quarterback “in this moment,” indicating the team was ready to move on.