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Report: NFL Players Are Contacting Matt Stafford About Joining Him

A closeup of Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford during a game.

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions on the field against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at Ford Field on December 2, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Last offseason Tom Brady's arrival in Tampa Bay prompted a number of free agents to join him on the Buccaneers. Could the Rams' trade for Matt Stafford lead to similar moves this offseason?

Judging by what ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter just reported, it's very possible. On Sunday, Schefter revealed that a number of impending free agents are already talking to Stafford about joining him on the Rams.

Schefter wouldn't name names, but noted that Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. is expected to have some interest in following him. Jones is a free agent this offseason and has enjoyed some of his best seasons with Stafford throwing him the ball.

In five seasons with the Detroit Lions, Jones has 289 receptions for 4,296 yards and 36 touchdowns. He led the NFL in yards per catch in 2017 as the Lions reached the playoffs.

But adding players could prove problematic for the Rams if they don't move some cap space around. They're over $26 million in the red per OverTheCap and not a whole lot of easy contracts to get out of.

The Rams have a pretty good roster already though. They've enjoyed four straight winning seasons largely without any big names at wide receiver.

But maximizing the value they get out of Stafford will probably mean bringing on a few extra sets of hands - and good ones at that.

Will the Los Angeles Rams be able to surround Matt Stafford with quality receivers this offseason?