NFL Rumors: Matthew Stafford eyeing Rams as 'viable' trade destination

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Do Rams have edge on Patriots, other Matthew Stafford suitors? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

There's no shortage of interest in Matthew Stafford, which means the Lions quarterback could have some say in where Detroit trades him.

It appears one suitor has come to the forefront.

Stafford considers the Los Angeles Rams a "viable contender" in his trade market, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Friday. The Rams are one of many teams that have reached out to the Lions about Stafford and have "explored what it would take to get something done with Detroit," per Fowler.

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Los Angeles has quarterback Jared Goff under contract for at least two more seasons and would take a $22.2 million cap hit by trading him. But that hasn't stopped the Rams from talking to multiple teams about dealing Goff, The Athletic's Jordan Rodrigue reports.

The New England Patriots also are expected to have interest in Stafford considering their dire need at quarterback. The Patriots went 7-9 with Cam Newton last season, and Jarrett Stidham is the only returning QB under contract.

Stafford is a proven commodity who could return New England to playoff contention and easily would fit under the team's salary cap. Absorbing Stafford's contract would leave the Patriots with fewer resources to address their myriad other needs, however, so they also could look to the 2021 NFL Draft to take their chances on a rookie QB.

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New England owns the No. 15 overall pick while the Rams don't have a first-round selection in 2021. But if Stafford favors Los Angeles over another destination like Foxboro, the Rams could add future first-rounders or young talent to strike a deal with Detroit.