Breaking: Lions trade Matthew Stafford to the Rams for Goff and picks

In the first blockbuster trade heading into the 2021 NFL season, the Detroit Lions send Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams. The Lions receive QB Jared Goff plus two future first-round picks and a third-round pick, as Adam Schefter reported.

Keep in mind that the Rams do not have a first-round selection in the 2021 draft. They traded the rights to their first-round in 2021 to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Jalen Ramsey. The first-round picks for the Lions will come in 2022 and 2023, while the third-round is this year.

There is a lot of speculation about Goff’s contract and where the guaranteed money falls.

  • $22.2 million signing bonus will come from the Rams
  • $27.5 in guaranteed money in 2021 will come from the Lions
  • $15.5 in guaranteed money in 2022, unless the Lions move him

Goff’s contract (worth $54.3 million over the next two seasons) with the current roster puts the Lions approximately $10 million over the $175 million salary cap. With the large guaranteed cap hit this season, that would explain how the Lions got away with what seems to be highway robbery. The future picks will help prepare Brad Holmes, John Dorsey for a full season of scouting towards the 2022 draft. Holmes was a crucial part of the Rams making a trade to move up for Goff in 2016. The retool is officially underway and in a big way. The Lions will still hold the seventh overall pick in the upcoming draft. It’s important to note that the team could still trade Goff elsewhere if another organization were to call.

Stafford officially leaves the Lions with 45,109 passing yards, 282 touchdowns, and a record of 74-90-1 over his 12 years with the franchise.

The Rams will host the Lions in 2021, on a date to-be-determined.

Danny Bennett
Danny is a former USA Today writer and editor who covered the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 2 seasons each. As an avid pro wrestling fan, Danny is also an accredited media member with WWE, AEW, and NJPW.

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