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.