Another update on the Los Angeles Rams’ offseason headache with quarterback Matthew Stafford came out. They were reportedly frustrated with Stafford’s decision not to help the team.
The Rams were interested in trading Stafford before his bonus kicked in. Now they’re stuck with him, a year removed from winning the Super Bowl. The Rams gave him a four-year deal worth $160 million ($120 of which is now guaranteed) after winning that Super Bowl.
No one would argue Stafford looked like he deserved the payday after the 2021 season. However, a surgery and spinal cord contusion later, the 35-year-old quarterback is becoming more of a liability.
NFL News: Los Angeles Rams frustrated with Matthew Stafford
The Rams knew they had a problem this spring, and according to Collin Cowherd, they asked Stafford for help. Per a transcription from USA Today, Cowherd said the Rams were frustrated with Stafford’s unwillingness to re-negotiate his contract so the team could reset their roster faster.
“I was told by a source I trust that they wanted to redo his contract. He wasn’t interested. It limits what they can do and they were frustrated with him,” Cowherd said.
The Rams will indeed be limited in 2023. However, that’s the price they paid to win a Super Bowl for the 2021 season. They need to cut their losses this season.
One can’t blame Stafford here, he needs to take the money while he can. He might never reach the stats he did during the 2021 season after his injuries last season.
Pro Football Focus ranks the Rams as having the 31st-best roster coming into training camp. It’s hard to think the Rams could have saved enough cap in a redo with Stafford to make a big enough difference to compete this year.
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