A few more details about the long-awaited trade between Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff have leaked since the trade went official yesterday.
The first is that the Rams, not the Lions, paid the $ 2.5 million bonus that Goff was owed. This bonus became official when Goff was on the roster on the second day of the league year, and that’s why the trade only became official on Thursday, which was the second day of the league year. The Rams paid Goff the roster bonus just before they made the trade official.
Another detail is that the third-round draft pick the Lions get is a compensatory pick. The Lions were previously reported to get the Rams ‘regular third-round pick, No.88 overall, but the Lions actually get one of the Rams’ two third-round offsetting picks, either No.101 overall or No. 101. 103 in total.
It has not been revealed which of the two picks are heading to Detroit, but if it’s No.103, that would mean Lions general manager Brad Holmes gets the pick the Rams received for losing Holmes. Holmes previously worked for the Rams, and the league awards third-round compensatory picks to teams that lose minority staff members who become general managers or head coaches of other teams. The Rams had such a pick for losing Holmes to the Lions.