In the National Football League’s first big trade of the offseason, quarterback Matthew Stafford is joining a new team.
Stafford, the long-time Detroit Lions quarterback, will now be suiting up and playing quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams. The news of the blockbuster trade began to leak just this weekend as the two teams came to agreement that will see them swap starting quarterbacks.
The Lions are sending Stafford to the Rams for quarterback Jared Goff and two first-round draft picks along with a later-round pick.
Stafford, who is 32-years-old has spent his entire 11-year career in Detroit. The team made him the first overall draft pick in the 2009 NFL draft. The move to acquire the Pro Bowl quarterback is expected to make the Rams into top contenders for the 2021 season.
Despite finishing with a 10-6 record and winning a playoff game, many think the Ram underachieved this year — especially with Goff at the quarterback position.
One person who seems excited for the move is Matthew’s wife, Kelly Stafford. The couple got married in 2015 and have four daughters. Kelly took to social media to say goodbye to Detroit and that the family is looking forward to heading to Los Angeles. She posted a short video of the family watching the sunset and enjoying each other’s company.
“Pretty excited about the Cali sunsets in our future,” she says in the story.
Just last week, Kelly took to social media with a heartfelt goodbye to Detroit when it became known Matthew would be playing elsewhere in the near future. She makes clear that while she is looking forward to moving on, she looks back with fondness toward Detroit.
“Thank you,” she starts out. “This place, our home, the people…it’s hard to find the words to explain what this pace means to me. Random tears come very often when I think about not being here.”
Despite the team’s struggles, Stafford had a productive season for the Lions. He threw for more than 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions. He finishes 2020 with a 96.3 passer rating.