Perhaps the San Francisco 49ers weren’t as “in it” for quarterback Matthew Stafford as everybody accepted. At least, that is the thing that Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated announced in his most recent feature.
Stafford wanted to go to California. All things considered, his family has a home in Newport Beach, which is around 40 miles south of SoFi Stadium. As per Breer, the Los Angeles Rams were forever his favored objective, following by the 49ers and Indianapolis Colts.
On Saturday night, Stafford got his desire. The Detroit Lions traded the quarterback to the Rams in exchange for two future first-round picks, a third-rounder, and Jared Goff. It appeared as though a take for the destined to-be-33-year-old quarterback. In any case, in any event some portion of the offer was apparently to tempt the Lions to take on Goff’s compensation. The result was an offer that was difficult to beat. Los Angeles obviously was in with no reservations on Stafford and anxious to ship Goff and his gigantic agreement out of Southern California.
So how far did talks between the 49ers and Lions get? Not far by any means, it appears. Breer reports that the different sides had a few conversations in Mobile, Alabama, prompting the Senior Bowl, however that is all they were — talks. Nothing was nearly getting official, regardless of what the Twitter bits of gossip and speculation had everybody accepting.
San Francisco wanted to proceed with conversations with Detroit after the weekend, however then things heated up on Saturday, and the Lions contacted check the 49ers’ interest.
“My sense is the 12th pick was never going to be offered,” wrote Breer, which matches what we had heard all last week — that the 49ers were doing everything they could to keep the No. 12 overall pick out of play. Of course, that always came with the caveat that things could change quickly.
At the point when Detroit connected, things had unmistakably raised past what the 49ers were alright with, and the team had no issue proceeding onward from Stafford and pushing ahead with Jimmy Garoppolo.