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Report: Lions trading Matthew Stafford to Rams for Jared Goff, two 1st round picks

The Lions and Rams have traded quarterbacks before the 2021 NFL playoffs have even wrapped.

Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions calls the play late in the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on January 03, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams have sorted out their 2021 quarterback situations with a single massive trade. The Lions traded Matthew Stafford to the Rams in exchange for Jared Goff, two first-round picks, and a third-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The deal involves sizable remaining salaries. NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero is reporting the Rams will inherit the two years, $43 million remaining on Stafford’s contract, and the Lions will carry a $17.8 million dead cap hit in 2021. Detroit will inherit the four years and $106.6M remaining on Goff’s contract while LA will carry a $22.2M dead cap hit in 2021.

Goff joins a Lions team with Chase Daniel and David Blough on the QB depth chart. Detroit holds the No. 7 overall pick, and it is unclear what their plans are with that pick and Goff’s long-term future with the organization. Meanwhile, Stafford will be the clear No. 1 in LA ahead of John Wolford and is signed for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.