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Lions ‘fired up’ to have Jared Goff

Jared Goff

The Los Angeles Rams feel they have a better chance to contend for a Super Bowl next season with Matthew Stafford under center, but it sounds like both teams feel they were winners in the Stafford-Jared Goff swap.

After he was traded to the Detroit Lions on Saturday, Goff told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington that his new team seems excited to have him. Goff has already spoken with new Lions head coach Dan Campbell, and he said it is clear the team views him as its starter heading into 2021.

The Rams sent two future first-round picks and a future third-round pick to Detroit for Stafford. Given how significant the return was, some have wondered if the Lions simply wanted to buy first-round picks by taking on Goff’s contract. That was likely a factor, but it sounds like they believe in Goff as a starter as well.

Goff signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension with the Rams prior to the 2019 season. The hefty contract is the reason L.A. had to give up so much draft capital to convince the Lions to make the swap.

There is still a chance the Lions could cut Goff after 2022, but they are definitely going to give him a fair shot.

Matthew Stafford traded to Rams for Jared Goff, multiple draft picks

Matthew Stafford

The Los Angeles Rams just got a major upgrade at quarterback.

The Rams traded for Matthew Stafford on Saturday. They are paying a price though. In return for Stafford, the Rams are sending the Detroit Lions Jared Goff, two first-round picks, and a third-round pick.

NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero shared details on what years the picks will be:

The real big haul for the Lions are the two first-round picks, which they need to turn into something good. Goff had his moments under Sean McVay but has proven to be mediocre, and probably will see a big drop in play without the support of the offensive-minded coach.

The Lions’ front office is now headed by former Rams members who believe in Goff though, which helps explain the trade.

Stafford turns 33 in February and has two years left on his contract. He’ll probably throw for 5,000 yards and over 35 touchdowns under McVay, which would be his first time reaching those marks since 2011.

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Here is how soon the Lions could trade Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

It does not sound like any Matthew Stafford trade drama will be particularly long-lived.

The Detroit Lions have begun discussing possible Stafford trades with other teams after the two sides mutually agreed to part ways. The Lions are moving quickly, and Albert Breer of The MMQB believes the quarterback could be moved before the Super Bowl.

It’s not a huge surprise that plenty of teams are asking about Stafford. Deshaun Watson may be preferable on the quarterback trade market, but he’s likely to be more expensive, and the Texans haven’t committed to giving him up yet. In contrast, Stafford is clearly available, and while the price will be high, it’s likely to be less than what Watson would cost. Some teams may well find that preferable.

Stafford is coming off a 2020 season that saw him throw for 4,084 yards and 26 touchdowns. The 32-year-old appears to have a pair of clear suitors at this point.

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Here is how much Lions could get in Matthew Stafford trade

Matthew Stafford

The Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford have mutually agreed to part ways this offseason, and at least one NFL insider says the veteran quarterback’s current trade value is substantial.

Peter King of NBC Sports said during an appearance on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., Thursday that he believes the Lions will get at least a first-round draft pick in return for Stafford. King says there are five or more teams willing to offer a first-rounder.

That meshes with a previous report that indicated the Lions believe they can get at least a first-round pick for Stafford.

Stafford, who will turn 33 next month, threw for 4,084 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. He has battled some significant injuries in recent years, but he is still a proven starter in a league where many teams need one.

We know of at least one team that may be willing to pay big for Stafford, and it sounds like that interest is mutual.

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Matthew Stafford reportedly would have stayed with Lions if they made this move

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford is on his way out as quarterback of the Detroit Lions, but it apparently did not have to be that way.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Stafford has been considering moving on from the Lions for some time. However, had the Lions retained offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, the belief is that Stafford would have been willing to stay with the organization.

Stafford clearly enjoyed playing for Bevell, but don’t expect a reunion. Bevell was recently hired as offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars under Urban Meyer, but they’re likely taking Trevor Lawrence first overall.

Ultimately, it’s probably better for both Stafford and the Lions that they part ways. Stafford can go to a contender, perhaps this AFC team, and the Lions can finally get going on their overdue rebuild.

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Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly addresses trade report on Instagram

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have reportedly agreed to part ways this offseason, though neither side has confirmed the impending divorce. Stafford’s wife, Kelly, appears to have taken care of that on social media.

On Monday, Mrs. Stafford created what seemed like a “farewell, Detroit” post on Instagram. She wrote that she and Matthew are going to “enjoy our time left in Michigan to the fullest because there really is no other place like it.”

Here’s the full post:

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported on Saturday that the Lions have agreed to explore trade possibilities for Stafford. They’ve hired a new head coach in Dan Campbell and appear to be headed for a rebuild, so you can understand why a split makes sense.

There was speculation that Stafford could be traded before the 2020 season, and Kelly was very outspoken about that in a video she posted on social media. The fact that she is saying goodbye to Detroit likely means there is little chance Matthew will return to the Lions next season.

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Lions reportedly have high asking price for Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have mutually agreed to part ways, but the team may have a difficult time trading the quarterback if the current asking price holds through the offseason.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on “Sunday NFL Countdown” that the Lions believe they can get at least a first-round pick for Stafford. Many are skeptical that teams will be willing to meet that asking price.

Stafford will turn 33 next month and has dealt with numerous injuries in recent years. Teams also may feel they don’t have to blow the Lions away with trade offers now that it’s clear the team intends to part ways with Stafford.

All that said, there should be plenty of teams interested in Stafford. That could create somewhat of a bidding war, and it would not be shocking if Detroit was able to get a first-round pick in return for the former Georgia star.

If you want to know which teams make the most sense for Stafford, you can see our thoughts here.

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Lions expected to trade Matthew Stafford this offseason

Matthew Stafford

After over a decade, Matthew Stafford is on his way out in Detroit.

As first reported by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Stafford and the Detroit Lions have mutually agreed to part ways this offseason. Stafford privately conveyed to team officials that, in light of the hiring of a new regime, he felt it was an appropriate time to move on and seek a fresh start. Lions officials agreed, and will begin to explore trade negotiations in the weeks to come.

Stafford has two years and $43 million remaining on his contract. He has performed well when healthy. He started all 16 games in 2020, throwing for over 4,000 yards for the first time since 2017. Stafford is also known for his durability, having started all 16 games in all but one season since 2011.

Rumors that Stafford is ready to move on have lingered for some time. He turns 33 at the start of February, and was unlikely to want to sit through another rebuild in Detroit while he’s still playing at a fairly high level. He figures to attract a significant market once the Lions start actively shopping him.

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Matthew Stafford wants out of Detroit?

Matthew Stafford

The Detroit Lions have their new braintrust in place, and the first thing they might have to deal with is Matthew Stafford’s future with the organization.

Trade rumors followed the quarterback last offseason, and it appears likely that the same will happen this offseason. Boomer Esiason added fuel to the fire on Wednesday, saying on CBS Sports Radio that he is hearing that Stafford “wants out” of Detroit.

This wouldn’t necessarily be a huge shock, especially if the Lions think they will need a couple years to be competitive. Stafford turns 33 in February, and he won’t want to wait around through another rebuild. That makes a trade more likely.

Stafford started all 16 games for the Lions in 2020, throwing for 4,084 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Perhaps he may yet be won over by his new coach’s press conferences.

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New Lions coach Dan Campbell has epic intro press conference

Dan Campbell

Dan Campbell has yet to coach a game or hold a practice with the Detroit Lions, but we can already say with confidence that he will be the most intense head coach in football next season.

Campbell was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Lions on Thursday. The highlight of the press conference was when he spoke about the losing that has gone on in Detroit for years now. The former NFL tight end said he can’t guarantee wins, but he can promise his players are going to “bite a kneecap off” after they get knocked down.

You can see some of the fiery speech below, but beware that it contains a curse word:

Now we know why the Lions were impressed with Campbell.

Campbell was an assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints prior to taking the Detroit job. He was with the Miami Dolphins from 2010-2015 before that and served as their interim coach in 2015 after Joe Philbin was fired.

Those who have heard this absolutely legendary story about Campbell probably were not surprised by his press conference on Thursday. If nothing else, the guy is going to be a quote machine.