The Matthew Stafford effect is in full swing for the Los Angeles Rams.
Few people would argue that the Rams needed an upgrade at quarterback heading into the offseason, but there is plenty of room for debate as to whether they overpaid for Matthew Stafford. Three picks is a hefty price to pay (four, if you include the former number one pick in Jared Goff), but the Rams firmly believe that Stafford is the guy that can take them to the next level.
There’s a lot to like about Stafford’s game, but one of his greatest skills is his leadership. Players resonate with Stafford’s passion, and his vocal presence on the Lions has earned him rave reviews from current and former teammates. That passion and leadership style has now carried over to the Rams, who may stand to benefit from having a signal-caller that’s respected throughout the league.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, multiple players have given Stafford calls and texts about the possibility of joining him in LA. We saw a similar trend happen last offseason with the Buccaneers and Tom Brady, another widely respected quarterback.
One of the players that reportedly reached out to Stafford following the trade was Lion’s teammate, Marvin Jones Jr., who has been with Stafford since 2016. While the Rams are mostly set at the Wide Receiver position, a reunion between the two teammates could still be a possibility, given that Jone is set to become a free agent this winter.
The offseason has yet to officially begin, but you can expect the Rams to field calls from a number of players interested in being part of what they are building. The team will need to do some financial gymnastics to add any more players, but they’ve committed to doing whatever it takes to bring another title to the city of Angels.