It’s offically the end of an era in the Motor City, as quarterback Matthew Stafford is heading to Hollywood. He’s now a member of the Los Angeles Rams, while Jared Goff and draft picks are headed back here to Detroit.
And as you can expect, the news hit Lions fans pretty hard. While there were plenty of fans sorry to see Stafford leave the city he’s called home the past 12 seasons, there were those who were excited for what the future holds.
Im sick to my stomach looking at this.
— Who Cares (@KYScomrade) January 31, 2021
Dude wanted out. He got it and we got two firsts. It’s business at the end of the day. Stafford didn’t get us the playoff win. Pain isn’t over. Time to look forward
— GrizUo (@GrizUo) January 31, 2021
God I hate the idea of playing him in LA this year.
— Matt Fogelmark (@mfogelmark) January 31, 2021
Heartbreaking about the Stafford situation, but in the end it’s what he deserves. What he’s done for the Lions organization and the community is unparalleled to any other player who wore the Honolulu Blue. I hope this turns into a Justin Verlander situation. Go win it all 9 🦁
— Doran Desmond Anzolin (@doanz19) January 24, 2021
I was ready, until I wasn’t.
Stafford deserved better, we are going to miss that man in Honolulu Blue.
— Corrina (@CorrinaRotondo) January 23, 2021
Another good career Detroit Lions whose career was ruined by management and coaching
— THE SPORTS PAGE (@TheNoBULLfacts) January 23, 2021
— Exotic 🌹 (@ClappedExotic) January 31, 2021
Dave! This is a rebuild not a retool. I love it. A decent bridge QB ( possible QB if the team turns around quick) and three years of multiple first rounders. The fords are giving this regime time. Let's go!
— Jack Apple (@BigDaddyApple) January 31, 2021
Hate this trade Goff is trash and don’t like his contract. Holmes is basically Quinn but instead of the Patriot way it’s the Ram way now.
— Ricky Spanish (@tybenson2389) January 31, 2021
I'm happy for Stafford and became a Rams fan. They can win him. Lions need a tear down. I still can't believe they passed on Tua last year.
— Ball Fan (@MFansay) January 31, 2021
— Chairman of the Détroit Vanguard (@polisciguykris) January 31, 2021
I’m just happy to see the Lions try anything interesting.
— Steve Pittelli, MD (@StevePittelli) January 31, 2021
I just hope he doesn't go to Washington or Pittsburgh, or New England. Anywhere else outside our division and I'll root for him still, too. I hope he gets the chance to win that he never got here
— Lord PichuPal (@LPichupal) January 24, 2021
Dan Campbell interested in keeping Golladay, Okwara
The Detroit Lions have decisions to make apart from the monumental, franchise-altering move that’s expected shortly in the form of a Matthew Stafford trade.
Wideout Kenny Golladay and defensive end Romeo Okwara are both set to become free-agents, and new head coach Dan Campbell is open to seeing them both on his roster next season.
“Yeah, I would say, first of all, I’ve talked to both of them,” Campbell said. “Brad and I are both going to sit down and we’re going to call those guys together, as one, and just kind of talk through things with them. I would say, man, I’m interested. You know, first and foremost, I want guys that want to be here. I want to make sure first that’s something they really want, they want to be back here and they want to be part of something special. That, to me, is step number one.
“Then step two is, well, does it fit us?,” Campbell said. “Where are they at financially? Where are we at? What does it mean? What what does that do to us moving forward? All those things come into play, but I would say there’s not a closed door on either one of those guys.”
Okwara has set himself up for a substantial raise following a career season. Meanwhile, Golladay led the NFL in touchdown receptions two seasons ago, but was injured throughout the 2020 campaign.
During a recent NFL Network interview, Golladay expressed interest in remaining in the Motor City and praised new head coach Campbell.
“Actually, I’m feeling pretty good, now,” Golladay said. “I’m really excited to get back to work. Coach Campbell came with that energy, you know? I’m trying to match that same energy he came with.”
With the impending Stafford move, the Lions could soon have plenty more cap space with which to work.