Rams QB Matthew Stafford addresses trade inquiries

Rams QB Matthew Stafford addresses trade inquiries

Matthew Stafford apparently had little doubt he would play football this season. He had even less doubt he would play for the Los Angeles Rams.

And when other teams called to inquire about trading for the Super Bowl champion quarterback, Stafford says he made it clear where he preferred to be.

“I see it as flattering, I guess, that other teams would reach out and want me to come play for them,” Stafford said Wednesday. “I just know that I’m really happy where I am, playing for this team, playing for this coach and these fans.”

After an offseason during which he claimed not to know about many of the rumors swirling around him, the 35-year-old Stafford fully participated in the opening practice of training camp with the Rams at UC Irvine on Wednesday to begin his 15th NFL season.

Stafford hasn’t retired, he hasn’t been traded, and he won’t say whether he restructured his contract – or whether he declined to help out the Rams by doing so. As for the unnamed suitors who wondered whether he would be interested in moving again, Stafford claims he was decidedly unenthusiastic about their pursuit.

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford takes a snap during the NFL football team’s training camp Wednesday, July 26, 2023, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

“I don’t react to it at all, to be honest with you,” Stafford said. “I’m too busy chasing around four kids. But I hear that stuff. I’m in contact with them all the time. I’m not sitting in on all those calls, but I get most of the details.”

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