On Monday’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, he opened his show up with a topic about the Los Angeles Rams trying to quarterback Matthew Stafford during the offseason. There were no reports about it really until Cowherd mentioned it on his show. This should be an eye-opener to a lot of people for several reasons.
“The move to get Matt Stafford was absolutely, unequivocally and inarguably worth it… The Rams are not in a terrible place.”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 10, 2023
The first reason it should be an eye-opener is that if the Los Angeles Rams are really bad this season and if Matthew Stafford stays healthy, there will be teams that inquire about his services. Los Angeles is at a point where they may have to kickstart a rebuild because they lack draft picks in the first round after making all of those trades for a Super Bowl title in the past.
Was Trading for Matthew Stafford Worth It for the Los Angeles Rams?
It was worth it for the Los Angeles Rams to trade for Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions because they won a Super Bowl title. Stafford is 35 years old and was dealing with some shoulder issues last season. He was shut down after Thanksgiving and completed 68.0% of his passes for 2,087 yards, 10 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
Stafford appeared in nine games last season for the Los Angeles Rams. He is under contract for a few more seasons and won’t be an unrestricted free agent until after the 2026 season. Stafford could get out of his contract a year before that, but it would be a surprising move considering how much money he is due to make.
At the current moment, he will have a cap hit of $20 million for this season. For the next three seasons, it will be $49 million in 2024, $50 million in 2025, and $49 million in 2026, according to Spotrac. If a team that tries to trade for him will have to take all of that into consideration. It would be a big risk because of that contract and injury history
The Rams are trying to keep their options open. If they are in playoff contention with head coach Sean McVay, then they won’t be shopping Stafford. Los Angeles could be in trouble, though, if they aren’t in playoff contention by the NFL trade deadline.
Rookie quarterback Stetson Bennett IV, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL Draft out of the University of Georgia, could very well be the Los Angeles Rams’ backup quarterback this season.
Matthew Stafford has all of that wear and tear throughout his career on his throwing shoulder. If the Los Angeles Rams do try and revisit trading him again this season, some of the teams that could potentially trade for him are the Atlanta Falcons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Washington Commanders, the Miami Dolphins, and the Las Vegas Raiders.