The first domino in what is going to be a ton of them regarding quarterbacks this NFL offseason has fallen; and it has changed the market. The LA Rams have traded QB Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions for QB Matthew Stafford. Detroit will also receive a third-round pick in 2021, a first-round pick in 2022, and a first-round pick in 2023. This trade changes everything with quarterbacks Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson, and Dak Prescott in regards to what draft capital it might take to acquire a quarterback via trade this off-season. With this move being made, I am going to give you the winners and losers of this deal.
Winner: Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford is a huge winner in this deal. He leaves a team that’s about to go through a full blown rebuild under new coach Dan Campbell to a team who made the playoffs for the third time in four years. Stafford will have tons of new weapons to play with in LA as well. Running back Cam Akers, Wide Recievers Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson and tight end Tyler Higbee just to name a few. Stafford only had one 1000 yard rusher in Detroit (Reggie Bush in 2013, ouch) and the Rams led by CB Jalen Ramsey and DL Aaron Donald consistently have a top tier defense year in and year out. Stafford will have a chance to compete for an opportunity to go to the Super Bowl for pretty much the first time in his career. Detroit hasn’t won a playoff game since 1992. This move gives Stafford a chance to seriously compete for the first time and I’m excited to see what happens in Los Angeles next year with him under center.
Loser: Jared Goff
Going from a team who has the roster to compete for the Super Bowl and going to a team that is in need of a full tear down and rebuild probably isn’t what Jared Goff wanted. Goff goes from having Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods to having lord only knows what to throw to in Detroit with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones both being free agents. Detroit doesn’t have a good running back core as they relied on 200-year-old, Adrian Peterson, a lot last year to carry the load. Goff reportedly was burnt out with Rams head coach Sean McVay and wanted a fresh start – so I guess he can be at least happy he got out. Goff goes from a bonafide contender to a team who won’t sniff the playoffs for a few years and for that reason alone makes him the biggest loser in this deal.
Winner: Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions came out of this trade as good as they could have imagined. They get a quarterback that is already somewhat established in the league as well as 2 first-round picks and a third; which if utilized well should help this rebuild move faster than most expect. Coach Dan Campbell now doesn’t have to use draft capital on a quarterback this year and can help rebuild this roster which is in dire need of some young talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Also, in 2022 if Detroit ends up not thinking Goff is their guy, they can release him and save $23.9 million in cap-space. After Stafford requested a trade just over a week ago, Detroit got as good a deal they could have in that amount of time and in the long term are the big winners in this deal as long as they use the draft capital well. Two years from now, we might be saying something different – but today, the Detroit Lions are winners in this deal.
Loser: Quarterback Needy Teams
Well if your trying to acquire a quarterback you are going to have to pay a pretty penny. If Matthew Stafford is worth 2 first-round picks and a third then Texans QB Deshaun Watson is worth 4 first-round picks at least, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (I don’t think he’ll get traded but you never know) is worth at least 3 and unfortunately for the Philadelphia Eagles, it probably means if you want to move QB Carson Wentz you’re going to have to put some first-round picks with him due to his horrible contract. I think that played a role into why the Rams gave up so much to get Stafford. The quarterback trade market is now set and teams such as the San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, and New York Jets all might start looking more toward the NFL draft for their next quarterback instead of paying a heavy price, draft capital wise, to acquire a proven quarterback. I’m very curious to see how the Stafford/Goff trade affects the QB market. As of now, it looks like it hurts quarterback needy teams.
Winner: Houston Texans
Well Houston, you certainly do have a problem but we might have found a silver lining. Star quarterback Deshaun Watson has requested a trade and it looks like Houston could get one hell of a haul back in return. Just think about it, if Matthew Stafford (who is closer to the end of his career) can fetch 2 first-round picks and a third in return – then the starting point for Houston would be asking for 3 first-round picks at least. That should be just the starting point. Watson is a top 5 quarterback in the NFL and has performed well over the years despite playing for a poorly ran organization and a horrible head coach. The Texans now have leverage when talking to other teams about Watson and should be able to get a substantially larger return in draft picks. Now I’m curious to see what happens in this saga between Watson and Houston that reportedly could see him moved before next Sunday’s Super Bowl. I cannot wait for what happens next.
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