Last night, the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams agreed on a blockbuster trade that sent quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for former first-overall pick, Jared Goff, two first-round selections and more. Many teams were involved in these talks and more details are coming out about how interested teams were, including the Denver Broncos.
Bears, Broncos, Panthers offered more than a first-rounder for Matthew Stafford prior to Lions-Rams deal; 49ers, Patriots also had interest (via @RapSheet)https://t.co/pDFpwDfDWd pic.twitter.com/Vo7nzYGHhZ— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) January 31, 2021
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Denver Broncos were among the teams who offered a first-round selection and more for quarterback Matthew Stafford.
This does contradict some previous reports that came out last night saying that the Broncos were reluctant to give up their first overall pick and part of their young offensive core for Matthew Stafford. We even have Benjamin Allbright saying the Broncos simply just called to check in with the Lions. Your guess is as good as mine about the truth here, but there is enough smoke here to say that the Broncos were serious about their interest in Matthew Stafford.
A first-round pick and more for Stafford likely means at the very least, the 9th overall selection, Drew Lock and either another high pick or my guess a receiver like Hamler or Patrick. I’m obviously speculating, but with at least eight teams offering a first-round selection, the bidding war was going to get pricey. Eventually the Rams blew everyone out of the water, but sounds like the Broncos were serious about this.
Now, it’s safe to assume that the Broncos will remain aggressive in their approach to finding a quarterback. If they did indeed offer a first-round pick and more for Matthew Stafford, will they be serious bidders for Deshaun Watson? Will they try to trade for Carson Wentz or Jimmy G? Or will they get aggressive on draft night and move up for one of the top quarterback prospects?
Once again, this is more evidence that newly hired General Manager George Paton is not content with the Broncos quarterback position and is willing to trade away a top 10 selection to improve on it.
This likely will not be the last time the Broncos are connected to a quarterback whether it be via a trade, free agency and/or the draft.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the coming weeks and months. What do you think the Broncos will end up doing this offseason at the quarterback position?