The Los Angeles Rams changed the landscape of the franchise after acquiring star quarterback Matthew Stafford. The move puts Stafford in a promising spot to reach heights of success he didn’t accomplish with the Detroit Lions. Before he starts his first year with the Rams, he expressed the biggest career regret
Rams acquire Matthew Stafford in blockbuster trade
Shortly after the Rams fell in the divisional round of the playoffs, the front office shook up the roster.
Los Angeles moved on from Jared Goff after five seasons to acquire Stafford. The Rams took on a $22 million dead cap hit for trading Goff to land the former Pro Bowler.
Meanwhile, the team will take on the remaining two years of Stafford’s deal worth $43 million that runs through the 2023 season. As the 2021 campaign inches closer, the star quarterback got off his chest one of the biggest regrets of his NFL career.
Matthew Stafford expresses his biggest NFL career regret: ‘I wish I could’ve gotten it done’
Stafford spent the first 12 years of his NFL career with the Lions.
The former 2009 first overall pick served as the franchise centerpiece, but it didn’t lead the team to sustained success. Stafford guided the Lions to three playoff appearances, but each resulted in a wild-card round loss.
As he embarks on his new journey with the Rams, the 33-year-old recently voiced to Peter King of NBC Sports that it bothers him that his tenure in Detroit didn’t include any Super Bowl success.
“Definitely,” Stafford said. “I sit there and go, ‘Man, I wish I could’ve gotten it done.’ I mean, it would’ve been amazing to have a Super Bowl parade down Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Didn’t happen. Tough pill to swallow as a competitor and somebody who touches the ball on every single offensive play. You definitely look back and wish you’d done a few things different here or there in some games, that maybe change the outcomes of seasons, but I’m focused completely forward now.”
Stafford’s shortcomings with the Lions went far beyond his performance as the front office struggled for years to construct a playoff contender around him. The star quarterback made the most out of the troublesome situation, leading the team to a winning record four times.
It’s difficult for Stafford to turn the page after 12 seasons, but he holds a fresh opportunity ahead to accomplish in Los Angeles what he never reached in Detroit.
Plenty of promise lies ahead in Los Angeles
As much as Stafford would have loved to play his entire NFL career with the Lions, he’s now engrained in a promising situation.
Los Angeles has pushed all its chips in behind the 33-year-old leading the offense toward more than a playoff berth. The expectations have gone through the roof, with many pinning the team as a potential Super Bowl contender.
The Rams have the pieces in place around Stafford, with plenty of offensive weapons in the passing game. Los Angeles is deep at wide receiver with Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, DeSean Jackson, Van Jefferson, and rookie Tutu Atwell.
Second-year running back Cam Akers suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon, but Darrell Henderson is more than capable of stepping into a prominent role. Los Angeles also possesses one of the league’s best defenses, taking additional pressure off Stafford’s shoulders.
All those factors present a promising opportunity for the former Pro Bowler to reach the success he hasn’t accomplished yet in his NFL career.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.