If Matthew Stafford wouldn’t have landed with the Rams last offseason, he seemed more than willing to play for the Colts. Stafford had three preferred destinations for his trade out of Detroit: The Rams, 49ers and Colts, in that order.
The Rams ended up parting with two first-round picks, as well as former Pro Bowl QB Jared Goff, to acquire Stafford from the Lions.
Appearing on The Pat McAfee Show, NFL insider Peter Schrager revealed that there was interest from Stafford in going to the Colts, but the team was not willing to make the Detroit Lions a good enough offer to acquire him.
“Stafford was willing to be a Colt last year,” Schrager said. “He was willing to go to the Colts… But they didn’t go over the top to go get Matthew Stafford last year. It was more ‘Hey, Frank Reich and Carson Wentz can go do this.’”
Everything ultimately worked out for Matthew Stafford as he enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career. He threw for 4,886 yards and 41 touchdowns while leading the Rams to a 12-5 record and led them to a Super Bowl.
The Colts looked like a dangerous team in 2021 that nobody wanted to see in the playoffs, and that notion was proved right as nobody would see them, because they failed to win one of their final two games of the year and finished the year 8-9.
After missing the playoffs, the Colts traded Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders.