Late Sunday evening, the Los Angeles’ Times Sam Farmer appeared in NFL Network to report that the Rams had originally attempted to trade for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers before executing the trade for Matthew Stafford, but Green Bay “refused to entertain the idea.”
“They wanted to upgrade from Jared Goff,” Farmer said on air. “They felt like there were a certain number of quarterbacks who could do that. I think Deshaun Watson was out of their price range. They made a run at Aaron Rodgers, and the Packers were adamant that they weren’t trading him.”
Murmurings about Rodgers’ future with the Packers came into question following the team’s loss to the Bucs in the NFC Championship Game when Rodgers said things were “uncertain” if he would return to Green Bay, but those were quickly squashed soon thereafter.
In the end, the Rams still landed the next-best quarterback from the NFC North and are set to capitalize on their shrinking Super Bowl window. The team will go two more years without a first-round pick, making it seven total drafts without a day-one selection if things don’t change in that area from now until 2024.
In all honesty, things could have always ended up much worse. Stafford is a major upgrade over Jared Goff in terms of consistency and that essentially all that was missing from the team’s offense throughout the 2020 season.
Next season, both Los Angeles NFL teams will boast a top-five arm in the NFL. It’s going to be must-watch football and it can’t come soon enough.
Now for today’s links.
Grading the Goff-Stafford trade (The Rams Wire)
Cam Akers’ best plays from his rookie season (TheRams.com)
The Rams will play the Lions at home in 2021 (The Rams Wire)
A look at the Rams’ future draft picks (Ramblin’ Fan)
Could Jimmy G end up back with the Patriots? (ESPN)
Here’s how the Senior Bowl adapted to the pandemic (ESPN)
Winners and losers of the Goff-Stafford trade (Bleacher Report)
Top-10 winners for the 2021 draft from the Senior Bowl (NFL.com)
All-time 53-man roster from past Super Bowls (CBS Sports)
Matthew Stafford was willing to go anywhere but New England (Pro Football Talk)