Jared Goff contract foreshadows Rams' brewing Matthew Stafford problem

NFC Wild Card Playoffs, Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford
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Why didn't the Rams just draft a successor in the 2024 NFL Draft?

Of course, there will be those who ask the question: Why didn't the Rams draft a clear success in the 2024 NFL Draft? Well, let's think that through. Would it help or hurt a relationship with the starting veteran quarterback to select a quarterback in Round 1 of the draft? If the answer does not jump off the page at you, just take a look at how things are going for the Atlanta Falcons.

Some critics are already sounding the alarm.

The Rams would have fared no better in post-draft narratives and rhetoric. That would have been a lot to bear for Matthew Stafford and the Stafford family, especially after receiving a villain's welcome from Detroit Lions fans, a team that Stafford had started for in 12 NFL seasons.

The Rams are more compassionate than that.

The top quarterbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft were all clearly out of reach. Three quarterbacks were selected 1,2,3 in Round 1. Six quarterbacks were selected in the first 12 picks in Round 1. Unless the Rams were willing to trade multiple first-round picks to move up in the draft, they had no chance to land one of the top hurlers.

To emphasize the point, the Rams did not address the position during or after the draft. Whatever other messages that sends, it certainly confirms the team's commitment to Stafford in 2024 and for the foreseeable future.

Both sides are motivated and committed to negotiate a deal that satisfies the needs of all parties. But due to the complexities, this could take time to hammer out.

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