Jared Goff gets brutally honest about being traded by Rams

It's a rare trade that worked out for both sides.
Los Angeles Rams Introduce Jared Goff
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With the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams selected Jared Goff out of California. It was the Rams' first year back in Los Angeles after they spent two decades in St. Louis so they decided to be aggressive and move to the top of the draft to snag the California quarterback.

Goff struggled as a rookie but the entire team was bad that year. Once Sean McVay was hired in 2017, Goff performed much better and helped lead the Rams to a division title and a playoff appearance. In the 2018 season, Goff set the league on fire, throwing for nearly 4,500 yards and 32 touchdowns and helping the team get to the Super Bowl.

Unfortunately, the Rams fell to the Patriots in that Super Bowl and it became clear in the years that passed that he wasn't going to be the right guy to get this guy over the hump. That's why the Rams shipped him off to the Detroit Lions in 2021 in exchange for Matthew Stafford.

Goff spoke about the trade recently and noted that it was "the greatest thing that ever happened" to him. At first, it might not have looked like the trade was going to be beneficial for Goff, as the Rams clearly gave up on him and didn't think he was good enough. Goff threw for only 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions during his first year with the Lions and the team won just three games.

The following year showed that Goff could be the quarterback of the future for Detroit, as he threw for over 4,400 yards, 29 touchdowns, and just seven picks. The Lions narrowly missed the playoffs that year but played a major hand in keeping the rival Packers out.

This past year, Goff and the Lions knocked Stafford and the Rams out of the playoffs. Not only that but the Lions came so close to making their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. Goff has reinvented himself and revamped his career while in the Motor City and as long as he doesn't knock the Rams out of the playoffs again, fans in Los Angeles will be happy for him.

Obviously the trade worked out well for the Rams, as Stafford immediately led the team to a Super Bowl appearance and victory. He's still shown that he has a few years left in the tank too, so as long as Stafford is healthy, the Rams will be a threat. The same is looking to be true for Goff and the Lions too.

It really is one of the few trades in the NFL that has worked out well for both sides.