The LA Rams began the offseason with a major shake-up after trading Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford. The massive change has created some significant buzz around the franchise ahead of the 2021 season. The Rams have quickly shown their tremendous confidence in Stafford with their latest move by providing him another offensive weapon, who is quite familiar for head coach Sean McVay.
LA Rams acquire Matthew Stafford
The LA Rams made the first game-changing move of the offseason by trading starter Jared Goff in a blockbuster deal for Matthew Stafford.
Before the move, there had been growing rumblings that the Rams were considering trading Goff. General manager Les Snead brought more life to that conversation after saying the former Pro Bowler was the team’s quarterback “right now.”
All that guided LA to pull the trigger on a massive trade to acquire Stafford. The Rams also moved a 2021 third-round pick along with their 2022 and 2023 first-round selections in the transaction. The team also took on a then-NFL record $22.2 million dead cap hit for this year while inheriting the remaining two years of Stafford’s deal worth $45 million.
Since the move became official, the Rams have quickly provided their new star quarterback with a new offensive weapon.
Sean McVay holds strong connection to LA Rams’ newest offensive weapon for Matthew Stafford
Since the start of the offseason, the LA Rams have methodically moved to address their salary cap situation.
The Rams’ salary-related actions opened up the opportunity to add another offensive piece to the puzzle. LA made the surprise move on Sunday afternoon to sign veteran wideout DeSean Jackson to a one-year deal.
Although the contract amount has yet to be revealed, the front office likely inked him to a team-friendly financial figure. Jackson is coming off an injury-plagued 2020 season, playing in only five games, recording 14 catches for 236 receiving yards and a touchdown.
When healthy, the 34-year-old has proven to be one of the league’s best deep-ball threats. Jackson holds the NFL record with 24 touchdowns of at least 60-receiving yards and ranks sixth all-time in yards per catch (17.4). According to Pro Football Focus, Jackson leads the NFL with 122 catches, 4,870 receiving yards, and 40 touchdowns on throws for 20 or more yards.
The three-time Pro Bowler can quickly step in as the team’s primary deep-ball threat they lacked after Brandin Cooks’ departure. Head coach Sean McVay has some previous experience working with Jackson for three seasons with the Washington Football Team (2014-2016).
The previous familiarity should help ease the veteran wideout’s transition process ahead of the 2021 season.
LA holds tremendous confidence moving forward
Since the LA Rams elected to trade Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford, the organization’s intentions are crystal clear.
Stafford’s arrival immediately puts the pressure on his shoulders to be the difference maker that pushes LA into Super Bowl contention. The Rams did take some notable hits to their defense with the departure of John Johnson III, Michael Brockers, Samson Ebukam, Troy Hill, and defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.
However, the team still possesses many of their core pieces that they believe can lift them forward. It’s an opportunity for their younger talent to step into these sizable roles. Beyond that, it’s quite clear that Sean McVay believes Stafford will play a significant part as the key to their offensive success.
The decision to add another prominent passing game weapon shows their confidence in the 33-year-old to head the charge. The next several months in the offseason will be critical in getting on the right track for the 2021 season.