(Los Angeles) The Detroit Lions will trade Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff, two first-round picks and one third-round pick, a source familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.
The person confided in anonymity, the transaction not having been concluded.
ESPN was the first to spread the news. The Rams will give up their first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, as well as their third-round pick this year.
A change of air could revive both Stafford and Goff, former top picks in total.
Stafford have been calling for a trade lately, after the Lions enjoyed a third straight season with at least 10 losses.
He has shown impressive numbers over 12 years with Detroit, but he is yet to win a playoff game.
In the Rams, there was a loss of confidence in Goff after a fourth straight winning season with Sean McVay at the helm.
Goff notably helped the Rams get to the Super Bowl in February 2019.
Stafford will be 33 on the coming Super Bowl day. He has $ 135 million left on a five-year pact.
Goff is at the start of a four-year, $ 134 million contract with $ 110 million guaranteed.
He has signed a number of victories, but he is inclined to turnovers.
Combined with the fact that he has not seemed to shine at the desired level for two seasons, McVay and GM Les Snead spoke more or less covered a future without him, recently.
This season, the Rams went 10-6 and then eliminated Seattle, before losing to Green Bay.
Goff led attacks finishing atop the NFL or second in points (2017 and 2018).
But in 2019 and 2020, he totaled 38 turnovers – the second worst record on the circuit in this regard.
Stafford has crossed the 45,000 career passing yard mark. He set the record for the fewest games to advance, 165. He is at 282 touchdowns.
In the playoffs, his clubs were beaten at the end of the 2011, 2014 and 2016 seasons.