LA Rams Roster: SB dominoes have now fallen into place

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LA Rams Roster Matthew Stafford
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51. . . . Matthew Stafford. 1. player

The LA Rams targeted the extension of quarterback Matthew Stafford for one very simple reason. The funds to ensure that his teammates got paid were buried in the renegotiated contract extension for Stafford. Huh? That’s right. The magic of reworking NFL contracts involves spreading today’s dollars forward into the future to make room to spend more of today’s dollars on other players.

The Rams saw Stafford’s renegotiated contract as the more likely agreement to find money to fund the other new arrangements. And so that is the first contract to be reworked by the team.

The Rams’ offense was built for QB Matthew Stafford, as much as Stafford was built to pilot this offense. So it makes perfect sense for the team to lock him up for the foreseeable future. So that’s what the team did.

With just one year under his belt, the Rams organization has to be ecstatic over their acquisition of Stafford.

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McVay out on a limb

Few believed that the move would pan out, but nobody can argue that head coach Sean McVay was one of them. He was so convinced that he personally lobbied team owner Stan Kroenke for the authority to add a second first-round draft pick to the package needed to pry Stafford from the Detroit Lions.

That’s a huge risk for any successful head coach whose team had already advanced to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. The very act of petitioning to trade for a new quarterback whose pricetag was the Rams starting quarterback and three draft picks is pretty steep. For that price, the Rams were almost certainly in need of getting to the NFC Championship Game to justify the cost. Well, the Rams did one better.