I just got off the phone with a colleague who follows the Rams, and we both remain baffled over why the Rams would give away the farm for a player as average as Matt Stafford.
I told him that as a Dolphin fan, I would consider giving up a 6th-round pick for Stafford…but only IF Fitzpatrick does not come back. Stafford is not young. He’s never really won. He doesn’t elevate the play of his teammates. When the Lions have made it to the playoffs under Stafford (3 times), they lost all 3 times. Some nice individual stats and a strong arm, but he’s essentially an older version of Deshaun Watson, except more injury prone and less dynamic.
The Rams gave away TWO different first-round picks for this retread? PLUS, they gave away their young QB who just had them in the Super Bowl 2 years ago? This is a player who I thought the Dolphins might try to get cheap, while the Rams paid dearly. Truly truly baffling.
I would make that deal for Rodgers, Mahomes, or Jackson. Not for Watson, and absolutely positively not for Stafford.
Interestingly, according to my friend, Rams Nation questions this move also. No one is excited to have Stafford come to town. He brings no Brady aura with him like Tampa Bay is experiencing now. He brings no future with him, like Burrow, Tua, and Herbert brought to their teams in the last draft. He’s just a pretty good player who’s had a decade to elevate himself about the “pretty good” label and has not done so. Even Ram fans who hated Jared Goff are asking, “Why not trade Goff for Stafford straight up?”
I don’t get this trade at all!