Matt Stafford’s trade to the Los Angeles Rams shocked the NFL world this weekend. The 32-year-old quarterback parted ways with the Detroit Lions as LA gave two first-rounders, a third-rounder and Jared Goff for Stafford.
One place that was speculated as a landing ground for Stafford was New England with Coach Bill Belichick. This came from a source whose team was heavily involved in Stafford trade negotiations but failed to get him.
With a ton of cap space and a space at the position, the Patriots seemed like frontrunners along with the Colts, however, Stafford had different plans.
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Stafford didn’t like the idea of replacing Cam Newton, who was the guy who was supposed to replace Tom Brady. That’s a tough role to fill, and after seeing Newton fail with the team, Stafford wasn’t too keen on going to the cold New England area to try to fill that void.
Stafford seems like he’d be the ideal quarterback for Belichick, the most winningest coach in the last 20 years. Put him behind a decent offensive line and give him some weapons and it writes itself. Though, seeing Newton must have been a bad taste in Stafford’s mouth.
However, with the Rams giving up so much to get him, it looks like this will be an ideal spot for him. On the other side of the ball, he has the #1 defense in the NFL with monsters like Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, and on offense, he has a young star in the making with Cooper Kupp, a decent tight end with Tyler Higbee, a good offensive line and young running back Cam Akers who had a breakout season.
In the end, this may be the best spot for Stafford, but we have to wonder what he could have done in New England with Belichick.
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