49ers’ Jimmie Ward takes shot at Matthew Stafford

San Francisco 40ers safety Jimmie Ward isn’t impressed by the Los Angeles Rams trading for Matthew Stafford.

This offseason, the Rams traded former No. 1 pick Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions in an exchange for Stafford.

Stafford didn’t enjoy much success in Detroit as the Lions made the playoffs last time in 2016 and lost in the wild-card round.

Goff led the Rams to the Super Bowl in 2019 but failed to deliver in each of the past two seasons.

“I like Stafford, but they still will have the same players that he’ll be throwing the ball to. He’s the same quarterback who was on the Detroit Lions and they still didn’t go to the playoffs, and they had Megatron (Calvin Johnson),” Ward told Sports Illustrated’s Grant Cohn. “What was the problem over there in Detroit? Are you going to blame the city? What was the problem? Was it the money? If they city didn’t have enough money to bring players over there, why even have an NFL team? That’s a big question mark.

“They went and traded Jared Goff, who went to the playoffs several times and went to the Super Bowl. Yeah, he lost. He went to the Super Bowl, though. I’ve yet to see that with Matt Stafford. And I’m saying, he’s still great. I believe he’s a top 10 quarterback, maybe top 5. I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m just going off of what I see. And I see Jared Goff got those boys to the Super Bowl.”

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