The San Francisco 49ers saw Matthew Stafford traded into their division on Saturday. Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer does a great job detailing how the deal between the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams commenced.
In his piece, Breer touched on if the Niners were ever truly in on Stafford:
“The Niners talked to the Lions in Mobile, but at the time were a little lukewarm and never made an official offer. They’d planned to circle back with Detroit after the weekend, but when things escalated Saturday and the Lions called back, the price had gone beyond what they were willing to offer (in part because they’re fine going forward with Jimmy Garoppolo). My sense is the 12th pick was never going to be offered.”
The NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the same thing, saying his sources close to the team said they didn’t make an offer and that the Niners have a ton of positive things to say about Garoppolo.
The Rams gave up two future first-round picks, a third-round selection and quarterback Jared Goff to get Stafford from the Lions. A steep price to pay for a 32-year-old quarterback. Breer said several teams made pitches to the Lions to acquire the quarterback.
Notes on the Stafford deal, via @AlbertBreer:— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) February 1, 2021
*Panthers offered No. 8 pick + a late round choice.
*Washington offered No. 19 & a 3rd rounder.
*Colts never offered No. 21 but discussed other packages.
*49ers never made an official offer
*Jets checked in but talks didn’t go far.
General manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan haven’t publicly said they’re ready to move on from Garoppolo. Seeing multiple NFL insiders reporting that the 49ers didn’t give Detroit an offer shows they have faith in Jimmy G.
Unless San Francisco drafts a QB it looks like the team will go with Garoppolo as the starter in 2021. Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston but it’s going to cost a ton to get him in any deal plus new GM Nick Caserio has said he isn’t interested in trading his franchise player.
Houston Texans beat writer John McClain of the Houston Chronicle tweeted what a trade package for the dynamic Watson could look like:
The Rams-Lions trade will have nothing to do with a Watson trade if the Texans do it. They'll want 2 ones, 2 twos and 2 young defensive starters, at the least. Watson, 25, under contract, great QB, team leader, beloved by fans, pillar of the community. Start with the Jets.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 31, 2021
That would be a massive haul for the Texans but that is going to be close to the asking price for a 25-year-old quarterback who is one of the best in the game.
San Francisco has some other needs on the roster and it looks like plugging those holes is more of a priority for Lynch and Shanahan than getting a new QB. The 49ers will need to address the secondary during the offseason and could so by that taking a corner like Patrick Surtain or Jaycee Horn with the 12th pick.
Are you surprised to hear that the Niners didn’t make an offer for Stafford?