Report: Stafford considers 49ers rival Rams 'viable' destination


The 49ers might be among the best betting favorites to land disgruntled Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in a trade, but could he be eyeing another NFC West team as a potential landing spot?

Stafford considers the Los Angeles Rams a "viable contender" among the teams pursuing the veteran, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Friday citing sources.

This week's Senior Bowl reportedly has featured plenty of "smoke" around Stafford and the 49ers, as the soon-to-be 33-year-old QB and the Lions reportedly "mutually agreed" to part ways this offseason.

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While Houston Texans star Deshaun Watson also has been linked to the 49ers as a potential trade target, Stafford likely would fetch a less-lucrative haul of assets in any potential trade. 

The Rams and 49ers likely are among a number of teams inquiring about Stafford's services, as "a third" of the NFL's front offices have expressed interest in trading for him, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday.

There have been reports of the Rams possibly looking to move on from Bay Area native and former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff, so perhaps the LA will be another contender with the 49ers for Stafford as we enter the offseason.