Agent’s Take: 10 veteran acquisitions who are paying huge dividends at midway point of 2021 season

Teams have a good indication whether new veteran acquisitions, either by trade or signed as free agents, are paying the expected dividends, by the middle of the season. Not all of the high-priced moves, or players acquired for significant draft capital, pan out. On the flipside side, there are always some low-cost additions that turn out to be pleasant surprises.

Ten veteran newcomers making a difference have been identified at the halfway mark of the 2021 season. Contributions and salary were taken into account when making the selections.

Stafford has been everything Rams head coach Sean McVay thought he would be when the Lions accommodated his request to be traded to a contending team after he soured on Jared Goff last season. Goff was included in this trade where the Lions received a 2022 first-round pick, a 2023 first-round pick and a 2021 third-round pick from the Rams.

Stafford was viewed as the missing piece when acquired for a Rams team that had the NFL’s best defense in 2020. The Rams were eliminated in the divisional round by the Packers last season after beating the Seahawks in the wild card round.

Stafford is having the best season of his 13-year NFL career. He is leading the NFL in passing yards (2,771), passer rating (111) and is second in touchdown passes (23). None of this will matter for the 7-2 Rams if Stafford, who has never won a playoff game, can’t end his postseason drought.

Stafford will be in a contract year in 2022. It’s conceivable he could become the league’s highest-paid player — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, at $45 million per year, currently holds that title — before the start of next season even if the Rams’ quest for a championship falls short. The five-year, $135 million contract extension Stafford signed in 2017 put him at the top of the NFL’s pay scale despite a lack of postseason success.

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