The NFL Off-Season started a couple weeks early as we see a massive move that in includes the LA Rams and the Detroit Lions. The trade was Matt Stafford to the Rams while the Lions received Jared Goff, first round picks in 2022 and 2023, as well as a third in 2021. On the surface in looks pretty one sided in the Lions favor, but I'll dive into why this trade is a win for both teams.
First up, let's look at what this means for the Rams. As most NFL fans know, even the casuals, that the Rams success is based completely on how good Jared Goff is for that game, or season. We saw in 2017 and 2018 that with a good Jared Goff, the Rams were Super Bowl contenders, in 2018 even making the game and losing 13-3 to the Patriots. Since the teams meltdown in the Super Bowl, Goff hasn't been the same player with his TDS going down and the INT going up. I wasn't expecting to see Goff get moved now, and for as much as they gave up for Stafford. Now with Stafford, the Rams instantly become legit SB contenders in my eyes. Stafford is a borderline top 10 QB, and was putting up MVP like numbers in 2019 before he got injured. A 4K passing yard season, 26 TD and 10 INT on a bad Lions team impresses me, and I'd love to see what he could do on a winning team. However, if Stafford doesn't pan out the Rams won't own a first rounder until 2024.
Now for the Lions, they moved on from 32 year old Stafford, and got Jared Goff who is just 26 and was the #1 pick in 2016. This team is still quite a few pieces away from being competitive, especially in one of the toughest divisions in the league. The Lions have Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones hitting free agency this season, and if they fail to retain one of the two this team would be one of, if not the worst offensive teams next season. I do like that if that if Goff doesn't work out the Lions would have an additional first rounder to select a replacement and another prospect in 2022 and 2023. Hopefully for Lions fans, if they exist, this team will be ready to compete in 2024 with either Goff, or another QB at the helm as the team fills the holes that it currently has.
Lastly, I'd like to talk about Matt Stafford. Stafford is 32, and is getting closer to the end of his prime as most of it was wasted on some bad Lions teams. Since Stafford joined the team in 2009 the team made the playoffs just 3 times, not winning a division title or making it past the Wild Card Round. Personally I'm excited Stafford is going to get a chance to play in, and hopefully win some meaningful games with the Rams.
All in all, the trade works out for both teams right now. The Rams went all in and if it backfires they'll feel the affects of this trade for years. Maybe the Lions just found their franchise QB in Goff, and will have 5 first round picks in the next 3 draft classes. In my eyes the Rams are a top 3 team in the NFC now, and #1 in their division. The Lions, unless the defense steps up and Goff returns to 2018 form, will be a bottom 3 team next season. Like I said before, this trade is a win for both teams right now, but we'll have to wait a season or two to determine the real winner.
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