There were numerous contenders in the Matthew Stafford trade sweepstakes, and many teams submitted competitive offers to the Detroit Lions. So how did the Los Angeles Rams end up with Stafford? And why did they give up so much? There is a simple explanation.

Let’s start with what the Rams sent to the Lions for Stafford:
– 2021 3rd-round pick
– 2022 1st-round pick
– 2023 1st-round pick
– Jared Goff

The two first-round picks are more than what other teams were offering. The reason the Rams had to send so much draft capital to the Lions is because they had to sweeten the deal to get Detroit to agree to take on Goff’s unfavorable contract.