Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions recall reactions to Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff trade, its impact


It was a Saturday evening, exactly two weeks after the season ended in a divisional playoff loss, and Los Angeles Rams receiver Robert Woods was in disbelief as he read a social media post from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

It said the Detroit Lions were trading quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Rams in exchange for quarterback Jared Goff, two first-round picks and a third-round pick.

“I really just didn’t think it was real,” said Woods, who played four seasons with Goff. “Seeing it and thinking it was fake and then kind of going and searching and seeing it was true, it really just shocked me.”

A swap of quarterbacks in the NFL is uncommon, let alone two who were each selected with the first overall pick in their respective draft classes, Stafford in 2009 and Goff in 2016. In fact, the blockbuster deal marked the first exchange of No. 1 picks in the common draft era.

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