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Video: Matthew Stafford trade instant reactions, implications

We break down the Stafford trade and what it means for the Detroit lions.

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Late on Saturday night, the Detroit Lions finalized a deal with the Los Angeles Rams to send Matthew Stafford westbound. In return, they will be getting quarterback Jared Goff, a 2022 first-round pick, a 2023 first-round pick and a 2021 third-round pick.

There’s a lot going on with this trade. The Lions reportedly passed up on deals that would’ve gotten them better 2021 draft capital, but two first-round picks are two first-round picks. The Lions undoubtedly gave themselves a better chance to get good in the future, even if it means taking their lumps in 2021.

But let’s not ignore the Jared Goff part of the trade. There are reports the Lions view him as the starter for 2021, maybe even beyond. He is not an insignificant part of this trade for several reasons. First, the Lions are taking on a financial burden, which likely sweetened the deal in terms of draft pick compensation.

Saturday night, we discussed this trade from every possible angle and gave our initial thoughts on it live on YouTube and Twitch. You can watch it below:

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