Rams Rumors: Lions Asked For Aaron Donald in Matthew Stafford Trade
The dust has seemed to settle after the Rams pulled of a trade that very few expected. Four years ago they drafted Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick and then offered him a four-year $135 million extension. Most thought moving that contract would be almost impossible, yet Snead found a way.
Rumors sparked that Matthew Stafford was interested in joining the Rams, but the Lions initial asking price seems like a hefty price compared to what they paid. According to NFL Insider Adam Schefter, when talks first started between the two teams, Detroit asked for the three time DPOY. Yes, they had the audacity to ask for Aaron Donald. Of course, the Rams stopped that idea right away.
When trade talks began between the Rams and Lions, the first player Detroit requested in a trade for QB Matthew Stafford was DT Aaron Donald, per sources. Rams told Lions, that's not happening, before the two sides later figured out the eventual compensation package. https://t.co/blGUo3f47y
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2021
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Instead the Rams ultimately sent two future first round picks, an third round pick, and Jared Goff to the Lions in exchange for Stafford. While some fans questioned that trade when details leaked out, I’m sure every Ram fan would rather give up draft picks then the best defensive player in the league.
AD is way too good to just give up like that, even if its for an upgrade at quarterback. The Rams have signaled with the trade that they are all in for the 2021-22 season and Donald figures to be a crucial part of that as he hopes to lead the defense to a repeat performance.