Football Update

Austin Gatlin

February 7, 2021

The Detroit Lions trade QB Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for QB Jared Goff, 2022 and 2023 first-round picks, and 2021 third-round pick. This signals the NFL offseason is underway even with one game remaining. This is the first of potentially many big trades this offseason.

Although the NFL season is not over yet, teams have already gotten a head start on the off-season as the league had its first blockbuster trade of the off-season. Former Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was expected to be traded this offseason and he was. The trade might have come sooner than some expected but that’s nothing new for an NFL offseason. Stafford was traded to the Los Angeles Rams where he will be playing under one of the NFL’s young brilliant minds in head coach Sean Mcvay, as well as alongside running back Cam Akers who is coming off a strong rookie season, and wide receiver one Cooper Kupp. In exchange for Stafford, the Rams sent QB Jared Goff, two future first-round picks, and a third-round pick to Detroit. In many people’s eyes, this is a win-win trade for both teams. The Rams get the QB they need to make a solid run in the playoffs and a chance at the Superbowl. And the Lions get two first-round picks to help them rebuild and a young QB to help guide them there. The LA Rams had one of the best defenses in the league this season and the addition of veteran Matthew Stafford makes them a serious contender. But with this trade, the Rams have set themselves up to go three more drafts without a first-round pick. Which would make their streak sevens years without a first-round pick. Their last first-round pick was in 2016 when they traded up to draft QB Jared Goff who was part of the deal to acquire Matthew Stafford from the Lions.
In 2016 the Rams their 2016 and 2017 first-round picks, as well as other picks, for the first overall pick in 2016.
Right before the 2018 draft, the Rams traded their 2018 first-round pick to the patriot for receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks was traded to the Houston Texans before the 2020 season.
In 2019 the rams traded the 31st overall pick for a second and third-round pick. During the 2019 season, the Ram traded their 2020 and 2021 first-round picks for cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
And now earlier this week the Rams Trade for QB Matthew Stafford sending their 2022 and 2023 first-round picks to Detroit.

This leaves their next first-round pick to be in the 2024 draft. LA Rams General Manager Les Snead seems to feel that first-round picks don’t have the value they seem to have. However, the Rams did play in Superbowl Liii (53), which they lost 13-3 to the New England Patriots. As of right now this still seems like a win-win trade for both teams, but only time will tell.