Matthew Stafford traded to L.A. Rams, NFL fans shocked at how much Detroit Lions get in return

Tyler J. Davis
Detroit Free Press
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Did Brad Holmes get a sweetheart deal from his former employers?

NFL fans seem to think so as the new Detroit Lions general manager Saturday was  able to trade Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff, two first-round draft picks and a third-round draft pick.

Stafford, who turns 33 in February, was considered one of the best quarterbacks on the market and about seven or eight teams made offers for his services. He'd approached the Lions about a trade, and after a new GM, Holmes, and coach, Dan Campbell, were hired, Detroit started fielding offers.

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Holmes, hired as GM in mid-January, worked for the Rams for more than a decade and was key in them drafting Goff, who earned a big money contract after being taken No. 1 overall in 2016. 

Lions fans seemed pretty content with the return while the general NFL observer seemed impressed by Detroit's haul. Especially considering a younger franchise quarterback, Deshaun Watson, is reportedly on the trade market. 

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