Quarterback Matthew Stafford has already found a new home after he was dealt by the Detroit Lions to the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night. However, a number of teams did make a bid to land the services of the former Pro Bowler to no avail.
According to Peter King of Pro Football Talk, the Indianapolis Colts emerged as an interested suitor for Stafford, especially after former starting quarterback Philip Rivers decided to hang his cleats after their season ended. However, the asking price of two first-rounders may be too high for them since they already dealt a couple of high picks to acquire defensive end DeForest Buckner from the San Francisco 49ers last season.
A couple of rebuilding teams in the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos entered the Stafford sweepstakes as well. King added that the Panthers could have offered Teddy Bridgewater along with their eighth-overall pick while the Broncos could have sent Drew Lock and their ninth selection in the upcoming draft but no deal ever came to fruition.
Several other clubs that have shaky quarterback situations were also interested in landing Matthew Stafford, according to King. The San Francisco 49ers continue to be unsure with Jimmy Garoppolo as their QB1 for next season, especially after an injury-riddled campaign. The Washington Football Team are also in search of a potential replacement for veteran Alex Smith whose future isn't certain.
Meanwhile, Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears were also reported to have tried their luck for Stafford, especially since starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky failed to impress after an early playoff exit.
In the end, Matthew Stafford got his wish granted and was traded to the Rams in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick, 2022 and 2023 first-round picks, along with former starting quarterback Jared Goff.
The trade between the two teams will not be made official until March 17.