The first shockwave of what is expected to be one of the craziest offseasons in NFL history was felt Saturday evening with news that the Detroit Lions were shipping Matthew Stafford to the City of Angels in exchange for Jared Goff and future two first-round picks.
Detroit is dealing QB Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for two future first-round picks, a third-round pick and QB Jared Goff, per sources. Two former No. 1 overall picks trading places in the first blockbuster NFL trade of 2021.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 31, 2021
Matthew Stafford: LA Rams QB1 🐏 🚀 pic.twitter.com/2FD9cE1dRp
— PFF (@PFF) February 1, 2021
While the trade did nothing to impact the Lions’ odds to win Super Bowl 56 (+10000), the Rams did see their odds immediately improve from +1800 to +1300 at William Hill Sportsbook.
At DraftKings Sportsbook, the Rams odds to win Super Bowl 56 are even shorter, coming in at +1100.
Rams now have the 3rd-best odds (+1100) to win the Super Bowl next season 👀
— br_betting (@br_betting) January 31, 2021
Adding to the sudden allure in the Rams as a Super Bowl sleeper next season is the fact Super Bowl 56 happens to take place at SoFi Stadium – the home stadium for the Rams and Chargers both.
Could we see back-to-back seasons where the NFC Champion plays in their home digs? Well, there’s a lot of football between now and next February, including Super Bowl 55 this coming Sunday, but the Rams sure hope this mammoth trade puts them back in position to return to the ‘Big Game’ after they only mustered 3 points in a 13-3 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 53.
In terms of the trade itself, the deal was a blockbuster for a multitude of reasons.
The trade is the first-ever exchange in the common draft era involving two former No. 1 overall picks, and with the Rams sending their 2022 and 2023 first-round picks over to Detroit, they will become just the fourth team in NFL history to not have a first-round pick over a span of seven seasons.
The last time the Rams picked in the first round? They traded up to land, you guessed it, Jared Goff.
The news that Stafford was traded on Saturday was not a surprise whatsoever, as the Lions made it aware he was being actively shopped and a deal would be completed before Super Bowl Sunday.
The news that the Rams were able to offload Jared Goff and his massive contract, on the other hand, was an enormous shock.
When news of Stafford’s trade availability broke, the odds of Matthew Stafford’s 2021 team strongly favored the 49ers (-130) and Colts (+250), with the Rams being a longer shot of 15/1 to acquire the services of the best quarterback in Lions’ history.
With Stafford no longer available in the trade market, all eyes will now focus on Houston and the Deshaun Watson saga that is about to play out in the coming weeks.
Like Stafford, Watson has asked to be traded after the 25-year-old franchise quarterback was upset at how the Texans carried their GM and head coach search, ultimately hiring Nick Caserio to be the Texans’ new GM and 65-year old Ravens’ assistant David Culley to be the next head coach.
The Jets and Dolphins are considered the odds-on favorite to land the 2020 NFL passing champion via trade, with the aforementioned 49ers and Colts also in the mix. But after the trade of Stafford, one thing is for certain involving Deshaun Watson.
He won’t be cheap.
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