Aaron Wise

Broncos wise to have skipped on Stafford

Over the weekend, news broke that Matt Stafford, one of the top available quarterbacks in 2021, was headed to a new team, and it was not the Denver Broncos. Thank goodness.

Quarterback play for the Broncos in 2020 left much to be desired. Whether you’re a ride-or-die fan with Drew Lock or a fan interested in an upgrade at the position, you should be relieved that Matt Stafford is on his way to Los Angeles and not Denver.

Matt Stafford is not awful. He’s just not the answer to what ails the Broncos under center. All-time, he is 74-90-1 in the regular season and 0-3 in the postseason. He made the Pro Bowl once in 2014 — 7-years ago. Passing, he’s amassed 282 touchdowns with only 144 interceptions. It does need to be said that a good chunk of those 282 touchdowns were tossed to future hall-of-famer Calvin Johnson. His 89.9 career quarterback rating would have been an upgrade, but at what price?

The Los Angeles Rams sent two 1st-round picks (2022 and 2023), a 3rd-round pick (2021), and quarterback Jared Goff to Detroit to acquire Matt Stafford. If the Broncos are going to be playing in this sort of trade-stratosphere, use those picks to get someone who isn’t Matt Stafford. There is very little in Stafford’s past to justify this kind of haul for what will likely end up being a marginal upgrade at quarterback. Further, the Rams are reported to be comfortable in letting Stafford play out the rest of his 2-year/$43 million contract. The Rams are going to need to work out a contract extension with him or risk Stafford exiting in free agency while that Rams 2023 1st-round pick is still owed.

Nobody tell Los Angeles this, but Matt Stafford ain’t it, not at that price. If you’re going to mortgage the farm for the future, do it for someone who moves the needle enough to actually make a marketable difference. A 33-year old (on Thursday – Happy Birthday, Matt) with a career losing record, zero playoff wins, and a lone Pro Bowl appearance does not a Championship-caliber quarterback make. Now, if the Broncos want to make a play for Deshaun Watson…

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