In his first move as new general manager, Brad Holmes has been involved in the year's most important trade deal.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is heading to the LA Rams in exchange for Jared Goff, a third-round pick in 2021, and first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 consecutively. Although the deal cannot be officially announced until the league season's inauguration on March 17, multiple anonymous sources have confirmed the spectacular trade.
Jared Goff was the No.1 pick in the 2016 NFL draft and one of the three quarterbacks to lead the LA Rams to the Superbowl. However, the trade did not come as a shock to many.
After Goff's 2018 Superbowl LIII loss to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, Goff had noticeably regressed in form since then, with a total of only 20 touchdowns in the past season. LA Rams Head Coach Sean McVay had been publicly vocal about Goff's issues and demanded an improvement.
Stafford, a 12-year veteran and the No.1 pick in the 2009 draft, threw more than 4000 yards and 26 touchdowns in the previous season. And as soon as the season was over, Stafford headed straight for the Lions president, Rod Wood, and expressed his desire for a trade after years of trying to retain the Lions form. Anonymous sources have confirmed that an average of 8 teams was neck-to-neck in competition for acquiring Stafford, a long-standing proficient player in the NFL.
The LA Rams are currently in victorious mode and have accelerated production and selling tickets to the first game. But what has the deal cost them?
Parting with Goff has forced the LA Rams to incur a $22.2 million hit, making it seem like the Rams nearly paid the Lions to take Goff off their hands. Additionally, stocking up on first-round picks means LA Rams have to go without an opening-round selection for seven consecutive drafts. Stafford comes to LA Rams with his remaining two-year contract and $43 million payouts.
The LA Rams and Detroit Lions come face to face next season in the So-Fi stadium, and it's going to be an exciting game, to say the least.
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