Report: Marvin Jones Jr., More Players Text Matthew Stafford About Joining Rams

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2021

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) pats wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) after Jones' touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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Matthew Stafford's pending move to the Los Angeles Rams appears to have enticed multiple players to join him on the West Coast. 

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, opposing players began texting Stafford about joining him in Los Angeles shortly after the Detroit Lions agreed to trade him.  

Schefter noted that wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., who spent the past five seasons as Stafford's teammate in Detroit, was among those texting the veteran quarterback.

The Rams and Lions agreed to a deal on Jan. 30 that will send Stafford to Los Angeles in exchange for Jared Goff, two first-round draft picks in 2022 and 2023 and a third-round pick in 2021, per Schefter

Pairing Stafford with head coach Sean McVay, who has one of the best offensive minds in the NFL, has the potential to unlock the Rams offense in ways that it hadn't been in the past two seasons with Goff under center. 

The Rams finished 2020 ranked 20th in Football Outsiders' passing DVOA and 22nd in scoring offense. Goff threw for 3,952 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 15 starts during the regular season. 

Excluding the 2019 campaign when injuries limited him to eight games, Stafford has thrown for at least 3,700 yards in each of his last nine full seasons. He's averaged 26 touchdown passes with a 63.3 completion percentage since the start of 2011. 

Jones will be an unrestricted free agent in March. He led the Lions with 115 targets, 76 receptions, 978 yards and nine touchdowns last season.