The dream of “Matt the Pat” was lifeless earlier than it even lived.
Matthew Stafford is heading to the Rams in a deal that is not formally official till the brand new league yr on March seventeenth, however one factor that we all know for positive is that he is not going to the Patriots — and he by no means wished to.
According to NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran, Stafford would have welcomed a commerce to all 30 groups besides the Patriots.
Whereas the Patriots are going to spend a second consecutive offseason in search of a quarterback with Cam Newton presumably not coming again, Stafford was pegged by some as a possible possibility at QB as soon as the veteran hit the commerce block earlier in January. Now it looks as if the Patriots had been by no means within the playing cards.
And who can blame Stafford? The soon-to-be 33-year-old is coming into the Again 9 of his profession and has a hoop on his thoughts. That’ll be a tall mountain to climb, contemplating the 13-year vet has but to win a playoff sport in his profession, however with Sean McVay and a group able to win now in LA, playoff wins may be extra probably, although.
Conversely, the Patriots are coming into, what seems to be, a full-blown rebuild after ending 7-9 and in third place within the AFC East in 2020. The group is seemingly devoid in impression expertise and is not precisely a vacation spot in the mean time, Invoice Belichick or not.
There’s additionally the speculation that Stafford wished to be as far-off from former Lions head coach Matt Patricia as attainable. Whereas that is rumor and conjecture, it is obvious that Patricia’s presence in New England wasn’t precisely a draw, both. Patricia and the Pats reunited this previous offseason after Patricia’s firing from Detroit in the course of the 2020 season.
The blockbuster take care of the Rams nets Los Angeles Stafford, with two, first-round picks, a third-rounder and Jared Goff heading to the Motor Metropolis. The Patriots choose No. 15 within the 2021 NFL Draft.