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Crazy Theory Of The Day: Can Stafford Be An Option For The Jets If Rodgers Falls Through?

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The entire NFL world is waiting on the decision by Aaron Rodgers.

Is he going to stay with the Packers or go to the Jets?

Nobody knows what he will do.

Although it seems like he is heading to the Jets it is for this reason that the Jets must have some sort of a plan b.

One writer theorized that Matt Stafford might be an option.


Would it be crazy for the Rams to trade Stafford only two seasons after giving up Jared Goff, two first-round picks, and a third-round pick to get Stafford? Absolutely. But trading him before Friday would be the only way to avoid having another $57 million in future compensation to become fully guaranteed.

The Jets currently are prepared to pay Aaron Rodgers nearly $60 million for what could be only one year of employment. Stafford’s $57 million covers 2023 and 2024. That makes it easy for the Jets to justify the move, financially.

Still, it wouldn’t be easy for the Rams to justify making the move. As recently noted, the Rams would take a $48 million cap charge by trading Stafford this week.

So what’s worse for the Rams? Allowing another $57 million in guarantees to vest for a quarterback who might not have the supporting cast to play well and stay healthy, or removing the Band-Aid, taking the $48 million cap charge, collecting extra draft picks, and moving on?

This makes a lot of sense to me. The writer brings up that the Rams might not want to give up Stafford because of what they gave up but I don’t think this is the case. The Rams won a Super Bowl. That alone made the trade for Stafford worth it.

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