There has been a lot of speculation about what the Washington Football Team offered the Detroit Lions to acquire QB Matthew Stafford. The Los Angeles Rams won the Stafford sweepstakes by trading QB Jared Goff, 1st round picks in 2022 and 2023, and a 3rd round pick this year. Stafford reportedly wanted to go to LA, but before the Rams upped their offer, Washington was reportedly very involved in trade talks.
Albert Breer broke down the trade frenzy that happened when Stafford was made available in today’s MMQB. He said Stafford’s preferred destinations were the Rams, 49ers and Colts. He also said the Lions were going to do what was best for their organization, but listened to Stafford’s preference. The Rams initially offered their 2022 1st round pick, Jared Goff, and an undisclosed pick before their interest became public.
Breer broke down the offers the Lions received before agreeing to terms with the Rams.
The Bears and Jets checked in, but never made offers.
New England offered a 2nd round pick and a player. Stafford reportedly said he would go to any team but the Patriots, ha!
The 49ers tested the waters at the Senior Bowl, but were out when the price got to the 1st round+ range.
The Colts wanted to trade picks and players, but not their 1st round pick.
The Broncos negotiated a pick swap that equated to a late 1st round pick, but they were never really in the running.
There were two teams that were reportedly in the running until the Rams upped their offer, the Carolina Panthers and the Washington Football Team. Carolina has a higher pick(8th) than Washington(19th), but were offering an additional pick that was later in the draft. Breer says Washington offered their 1st and 3rd round picks this year, which John Keim confirmed.
The Rams obviously increased their offer to include their 2023 1st round pick, and the deal was done. Matthew Stafford went to his preferred location, Sean McVay upgraded his QB, and Washington was left out in the cold.
There is another report floating around from Mike Fisher that says Washington added a starter to their trade offer, but that hasn’t been reported elsewhere...yet.
Washington offered its first-round pick (No. 19 overall), a third-round pick and a starting player, the source said.