Report: 49ers rival Rams popular FA spot after Stafford trade


The Los Angeles Rams' reported acquisition of quarterback Matthew Stafford in a trade with the Detroit Lions has NFL players around the league buzzing about potentially joining the 49ers' NFC West rivals.

Players around the league began texting Stafford about playing alongside him in Los Angeles following the trade reports, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday citing league sources.

One of the players, as Schefter reported, is Stafford's former wideout in Detroit, Marvin Jones. The 30-year-old is a native of Southern California and played his college football at Cal.

The 49ers beat the Rams twice in 2020, but with Stafford reportedly replacing Goff at QB, this could be a completely different offense next season in LA.

The 49ers have their own questions looming over the quarterback position, as Jimmy Garoppolo's injury-riddled season once again has led to rumors about the organization looking for an upgrade at the position.

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Names like Deshaun Watson and Dak Prescott have been thrown around, but the 49ers generally haven't been willing to part with significant draft capital in trades, which certainly would be necessary in any deal for Watson.

General manager John Lynch has remained adamant that he and the 49ers' front office believe in Garoppolo, especially after the team was just a few plays away from beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.


In an already fiercely-competitive division, Stafford's presence will make life more difficult for the 49ers.

We'll see just how much his addition to the Rams' roster will help recruit other offensive talent to Tinseltown.

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