It was late January, and a non-Minnesota Vikings quarterback had just been traded elsewhere. And it was a signal-caller intimately familiar to the Vikings.
His name was Matthew Stafford, and he was sent to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff. The Detroit Lions — a division foe of the Vikings — received the Rams first-round draft picks in 2022 and 2023, a third-round pick in 2021, and the aforementioned Goff.
What did Vikings fans do with this information? Speculate how the Lions will now size up against the Vikings? No — absolutely not.
Conversations immediately shifted to “what trade package would Kirk Cousins fetch” if Stafford commanded a Godfather-like deal.