The Los Angeles Rams’ second trade of the offseason with the Detroit Lions might make for an awkward reunion in the Motor City.
Defensive end Michael Brockers is being dealt to Detroit, according to multiple reports, after saying that the quarterback swap of Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford was a “level-up” move for the Rams.
“Is it a level up? In my heart, deeply, just understanding what [Stafford] brings, it’s a level up [over Goff]. It’s a level up,” Brockers told TMZ earlier this month.
Brockers subsequently appeared on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” program and doubled down on the previous statement, saying he believed the addition of Stafford could vault the Rams into championship contention.
“I feel like just watching him over his career, seeing the comebacks that he’s had, seeing so much of the numbers that he’s had, we’re just expecting that to just do better when he comes to the Rams,” Brockers said. “We expect that to match well with what we do. We feel like with his move, this will be the turning point to where we can just win the big game.”
It is unclear what the Rams are getting back for Brockers, though he might have been released if a trade was not worked out.
Both trades are slated to be announced once the NFL’s new league year begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Brockers did add in the NFL Network interview that Goff “knows how to get it done when the time is needed” and “the Lions should be very happy with what they have.”
The Rams attempted to restructure Brockers’ contract before agreeing to deal him to the Lions, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.