The Los Angeles Rams have a new quarterback after acquiring Matthew Stafford on Saturday in a huge blockbuster deal that sent Jared Goff and picks to the Detroit Lions.
Stafford and the Lions were destined to part ways and, ultimately, the Rams wanted to move on from Goff and his contract, so this move makes sense for both sides. The former Georgia Bulldog was rumored to go to Washington, Indianapolis, and San Francisco, among others, as many teams called in an effort to land him.
The San Francisco 49ers are in the quarterback market as well and have been linked to both Stafford and Deshaun Watson, even though Jimmy Garoppolo is still under contract and just a year removed from a Super Bowl appearance.
The 49ers could move on from Jimmy G, or they could keep him, but the question remains: is a Garoppolo-led team better than the Stafford Rams squad in L.A.?
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San Francisco has a talented trio on offense with Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and a top-two tight end in George Kittle, so there’s that. Garoppolo missed most of the season due to injury, and even in the Super Bowl LIV run there were questions about his performance.
The running game is up in the air, as the revolving door of Raheem Mostert, Jerick McKinnon, Jeff Wilson Jr., and Tevin Coleman all rotated in and out due to numerous injuries, and Mostert is the one with the most talent of the bunch.
The offensive line isn’t bad, but Trent Williams is more than likely going to hit free agency with the 49ers tight on cap space, and the defense just lost coordinator Robert Saleh after he got a promotion to be the head coach of the New York Jets.