Does Matthew Stafford have a similar appeal to what Tom Brady brought to the Bucs last year? According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter in a report filed on Sunday: Yes.
Per Schefter, Stafford has already started receiving texts from players around the league saying that they want to come join him in Los Angeles to help the Rams become the second straight team to host a Super Bowl. The first is of course Tampa Bay, led by Brady, whose relocation to the Buccaneers also helped the team lure tight end Rob Gronkowski, receiver Antonio Brown, and running backs Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy to join him there.
The Bucs are the team I’m picking to win the Super Bowl and Brady’s move to Tampa is the main reason why — though we shouldn’t overlook that Brady also chose the Bucs because they already had a great defense and a talented supporting cast around the quarterback position.
That does sound familiar, doesn’t it?
The only name that Schefter included in his report specifically was wide receiver Marvin Jones, a free agent who spent the last five seasons catching passes from Stafford in Detroit. Jones has averaged 58 catches and 859 yards with seven touchdowns per season with Stafford. In 2020, Stafford targeted Jones 115 times, resulting in 76 catches for 978 yards and nine touchdowns.
If it seems like it would be challenging to get Jones onto the roster without negatively impacting the salary cap, that’s part of the appeal to trading for a player like Stafford: it could result in discounts from veteran players like Jones who are just hoping to win a Super Bowl before they retire.
What other players are in his text history?
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