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Detroit Lions trading Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff, 2 first-round picks, more

Matthew Stafford is headed to Los Angeles.

NFL: DEC 02 Rams at Lions Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Detroit Lions’ franchise quarterback of the last 12 seasons is on the move. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports as of Saturday night that the Lions are trading Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Rams starting quarterback Jared Goff, as well as two future first-round picks and a 2021 third-round pick.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that the Lions will receive LA’s 2021 third-round pick, as well as LA’s first round picks in 2022 and 2023.

The key word in there is future first round picks, as the Rams do not have a first round pick in the 2021 draft as it stands right now. With the Lions accumulating first-round picks in future years and shipping away their franchise quarterback, all signs are pointing towards a rebuild.

In his 12 seasons with the Lions, Stafford played in 165 games with a record of 74-90-1, passing for 45,109 yards and 282 touchdowns.

Jared Goff is now set to become the Lions’ new franchise quarterback. Goff’s 2021 salary includes $25.3 million in guaranteed money and a cap hit of $27.8 million.

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