The Los Angeles Rams supposedly agreed on Saturday to pay a premium to acquire Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions, however a minimum of three other groups were prepared to do the exact same. Hours after reports indicated that a number of others sought to trade for the 12- year veteran, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that at least three clubs in fact made deals for Stafford– and every one of them consisted of a first-round draft pick, plus more. Those groups, per Rapoport: The Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.
In total, according to Rapoport, the Lions had more than six formal trade offers for Stafford, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. But Chicago, Carolina and Denver were “among a handful of groups” beyond the Rams who made the most aggressive plays for the veteran QB. The Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49 ers and Washington Football Group were likewise in the mix, as NBC Sports’ Peter King reported formerly, however may or might not have actually offered first-round picks for Stafford.
While Stafford’s now locked into Los Angeles, where he represents a clear upgrade over fellow former No. 1 choice– and new Lions QB– Jared Goff, the fact that the Bears, Broncos and Panthers reportedly all made legitimate attempts to acquire him speak with their particular desires for brand-new signal-callers.
The Broncos have openly supported previous second-rounder Drew Lock, though his 2020 decline has actually relatively reignited the group’s hunt for a long-lasting response. And the Panthers, despite signing Teddy Bridgewater to a rewarding three-year deal prior to 2020, have actually freely hinted at seeking a more trustworthy or higher-upside replacement this offseason.