There always seemed to be a debate whether the Detroit Lions could attract some of the biggest free agents to come play in their city. Both the team and the city of Detroit—fairly or not—don’t have the greatest of reputations, but the almighty dollar sometimes speaks louder than anything else.
Regardless, it doesn’t look like Matthew Stafford will have any of those issues when it comes to his new Los Angeles Rams team. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, several players have already reached out to the franchise quarterback in the hopes of joining what could be a Super Bowl contender in 2021.
“Shortly after the Rams and Detroit Lions agreed to a trade that would send Stafford out West, the quarterback began receiving texts from players who wanted to come join him in Los Angeles, per sources,” Schefter wrote on Sunday.
One of those players, Schefter says, is expected to be Lions free agent wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., who spends most of the offseason in his southern California home. Jones already hinted at his interest in joining the Rams when former Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky suggested Los Angeles go and get the veteran receiver in free agency:
https://t.co/YMgcBj8vJJ pic.twitter.com/Tkzki8tJNa— Marvin Jones Jr (@MarvinJonesJr) January 31, 2021
You have to wonder how many of the Lions’ other 18 unrestricted free agents shot Stafford a text in the past week.