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Rams, Matthew Stafford have mutual interest in spite of Jared Goff’s incumbent status

We could see a potential quarterback change in Los Angeles, as the Lions and Rams are looking at a deal per reports.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is considering the Los Angeles Rams as a viable contender in his trade market, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Stafford requested a trade out of Detroit last week after spending 12 seasons with the franchise.

Fowler adds that the Rams are unclear about Jared Goff’s long-term contract, but they’ve explored the potential trade possibilities. Earlier this week Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the Rams would have an open quarterback competition between Goff and John Wolford, if the former was not moved this offseason.

If the Rams were to move Goff in a trade this offseason for Stafford or just in general, Los Angeles would save $12.75 million in cap space, but they would still be on the hook for $22.2 million in dead cap because of his signing bonus. Stafford has been connected to 10 teams since his trade request, as the Lions have reportedly spoken to one-third of the NFL about the veteran quarterback and are looking for a first-round pick in return per Rapoport.