We spent the past two weeks, at minimum, discussing the possibility of Matthew Stafford coming to the NFC West. Well, as of Saturday night, that’s happening.
Stafford isn’t coming to the Bay Area.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Rams are trading two future first-round picks, a third-round pick, and Jared Goff to the Lions in exchange for Matthew Stafford. Los Angeles sold the farm for their guy. Wow. You have to wonder how desperate other teams became, or whether the Rams figured unloading Goff’s salary cap was worth a first-round pick in itself.
I was on board for giving up Stafford for pick No. 12. I believe a quarterback is worth that much. Giving up two first-rounders for Stafford is a bit rich. San Francisco isn’t in the same salary cap constraints that the Rams are, so they’re not nearly as desperate as a team like Los Angeles.
Losing out on Stafford to a team that overpaid for him doesn’t hurt. Losing out on Stafford to a divisional team is going to sting. Stafford is going to be a great fit in Sean McVay’s system and a pain in the 49ers' side for the foreseeable future. On the field, Stafford is a significant upgrade from Goff.
If you’re upset that the 49ers missed out on Stafford, you would have been even more upset if they traded multiple first-round draft picks for him. The Niners can’t afford to lose that much future draft capital.
As of now, it’s Jimmy Garoppolo until it’s not.