Stafford is leaving downtrodden Detroit and heading to sunny Los Angeles with a chance to take the controls of a team that could be a Super Bowl contender next season.
The deal can not be made official until the start of the new league year in March, but once it is, the Rams will have a new quarterback to try to lead them back to the Super Bowl.
Goff helped the Rams reach Super Bowl 53 just two years ago. The four-year, $134 million extension Goff and the Rams signed in September 2019, which carries $43.325 million in fully-guaranteed payments due in 2021 and 2022. Instead, Holmes maximized the return for Stafford - a QB and organization pairing which didn't want to be together anymore - and then some.
Goff passed for 3,952 yards and 20 touchdowns - his lowest total since his rookie year - with 13 interceptions and six lost fumbles over 15 games last season.
He departs Detroit as the organization's all-time leader in every important passing category and is No. 4 on the National Football League all-time list in passing yards per game (273.4), behind Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees and Andrew Luck.
The Rams were thinking about having Goff, the first overall pick in 2006, compete with John Wolford for the starting job in 2021. He will join a capable offense led by wide receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, along with a promising running back in Cam Akers at the rushing helm.
If the Rams trade Goff and are unable to land Stafford, they might be in trouble moving forward. Snead has now traded away his top pick or moved back in seven consecutive drafts, swinging bold moves to acquire veteran talent including All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The Rams, who don't have a first-round pick again 2021, gave up two more over the next two years.
In four seasons with McVay, Goff won 42 games, tied with Russell Wilson for second during that span, behind only Tom Brady.