Matthew Stafford: Ian Rapoport claims Rams QB will return in 2023 with one big caveat

LA Rams QB Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford’s future with the Los Angeles Rams is possibly going to be dictated by what the team will look like in 2023. 

Matthew Stafford’s career in the NFL was something of a mystery during his time with the Detroit Lions. Whilst he put up some big numbers, throwing for 45,109 yards and 282 touchdowns whilst in the Motor City, that wasn’t able to translate into any sort of success, as they only made three trips to the playoffs in his time there, and failed to win any games. 

This led to the nickname ‘Stat Padford’ by some in the media, with the nickname referring to someone that puts up incredible numbers, but most of them didn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things by virtue of them not being backed up by wins and a lot of yards coming in so-called ‘garbage time’ when the game is out of reach but you still have to throw the ball a lot in order to try and make it competitive.

Fast forward to the 2021 season though and after his trade to the Los Angeles Rams. he’s being seen in a little bit of a different light. The Rams gave up a lot to secure his services, incumbent franchise quarterback Jared Goff, a 2021 third-round pick, 2022 first-round pick and a 2023 first-round pick, and he paid them back instantly as he helped win them their second-ever Super Bowl last season.

And in a fairytale world, that would be the end of it, but sadly the Rams have to defend their crown, and it hasn’t exactly gone swimmingly for either him or the team.

Matt Stafford stumbling through 2022

The Rams find themselves at 3-7 and with their chances of making the playoffs looking rather slim, and Stafford’s performances haven’t exactly been anything to write home about, as he’s only thrown for 2,087 passing yards and 10 touchdowns, which when you consider he had 4,886 yards and 41 touchdowns last years shows just how far he has fallen.

However, more than just his performances this season, now his health is becoming a problem, as he was taken out of their loss this weekend to the New Orleans Saints early due to concussion protocol, just a week after he was put in the same protocol in the previous week.

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That sparked former NFL player and current broadcaster Pat McAfee to ask the question to reporter Ian Rapoport whether or not Stafford would look to retire at the end of the year now that he has his ring as a way to protect his health. However Rapoport didn’t think that would be the case, hinting that Stafford would be back next year, but only if the Rams themselves are in a good spot.

Video: Ian Rapoport discusses Matthew Stafford’s future with the Los Angeles Rams:

So whilst Rapoport thinks Stafford will be back, it’s far from a slamdunk, so it’s going to be an interesting story to follow moving forward, especially is the rest of the crew is broken up as nearly happened this past summer when Aaron Donald hinted at retirement only to come back. 

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