Matthew Stafford is officially $57 million fully guaranteed

Would the Rams want to find a way to move on nicely from quarterback Matthew Stafford? Perhaps. Are they? No.

With jobs coming and going on Thursday, and no transfer on Stafford’s roster, he will be with the team on Friday. That means he’ll see another $57 million in guarantees.

Notably, his $31 million base salary in 2024 is fully guaranteed. In addition, his $26 million option bonus must now be used.

Throw in his $1.5 million base salary from 2022 and a fully guaranteed $1.5 million base salary for 2023, and that’s $120 million either paid or owed to Stafford after Super Bowl LVI.

And yes, the Rams (we’re told) would have welcomed the opportunity to trade Stafford. Had Aaron Rodgers not decided to join the Jets, Stafford could have become Plan B if he wanted to go to New York.

There has been speculation that Stafford will retire, although he has said he won’t. In addition to giving up millions in guaranteed money he has yet to receive, he would owe the Rams up to $48 million in signing bonuses if he retires now.

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