Matthew Stafford optimistic about new chapter with LA Rams

The LA Rams pulled off the blockbuster deal of the offseason before it even started. Trading starting QB Jared Goff, a 2021 third-round pick, a 2022 first-round pick and a 2023 first-round pick to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford, the Rams made their intentions clear. They’ve got a Super Bowl on their mind. 

Stafford was drafted by the Lions back in 2009 with the first overall pick. Goff too is a first overall pick. Drafted by the Rams in 2016, the franchise though clearly has a favorite between the two.

 

Starting a new chapter in the NFL at the age of 33, Stafford had the same goal in mind. A Super Bowl ring. 

Matthew Stafford looking ahead to life in LA

Talking to the LA Times, Stafford talked about his experience with the Lions and just how hyped he is for the upcoming season. 

“We had some good teams in Detroit, and I’m excited every single year because I love playing this game,” Stafford said.

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Stafford has been to the playoffs with the Lions three times in the past 12 seasons. Meanwhile, the Rams have made the playoffs three times since 2017. With a run in 2018 seeing them go all the way to the Super Bowl only to lose to the New England Patriots

“I’m very excited about playing for this team, the Rams organization. I’m excited about trying to get to know these guys. To win as consistently as the Rams have won in the last four or five years, you’ve got to have good people,” he said.

Matthew Stafford has been traded to the Los Angeles Rams
Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) makes a touchdown pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones (not pictured) against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Still getting used to his new surroundings, the quarterback is looking to immerse himself in the Rams’ winning culture.

“You can’t just have good players and good coaches. It’s a really fun thing for me to be a part of, just trying to immerse myself in the team.”

Trading for Stafford came at a price. The Rams now have no first-round draft picks till 2024. But the franchise has shown in the past that it is not afraid to shell out big deals for the player they want. 

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They did the same for cornerback Jalen Ramsey. And that worked out for them just fine as Ramsey was named a first-team All-Pro last season. With Goff, they’ll hope to have pieced together the last piece of the puzzle. 

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