Rams Sign Veteran QB to Back Up Matthew Stafford Despite Suspension

The Los Angeles Rams are bringing in a proven veteran to be the backup QB.

L.A. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford passes against the Detroit Lions during the first half of the
L.A. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford passes against the Detroit Lions during the first half of the / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK
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It's been an extremely busy day for the Los Angeles Rams. It started with Aaron Donald officially retiring, wrapping up his 10-year career with the Rams.

That wasn't the only move of the day and Los Angeles decided to add a backup quarterback for Matthew Stafford.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Rams are signing Jimmy Garoppolo. He will be suspended for two games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

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Garoppolo is a much-needed backup signal caller for the Rams. Stafford is currently 36 years old and has missed 10 games over the last two seasons.

Garoppolo can be an effective quarterback for a stretch of games and is perfect in this role. The Eastern Illinois product plays at his best when he's in rhythm and kept upright.

In his 10-year career, the 32-year-old has completed 67% of his throws for 15,494 passing yards, 94 passing touchdowns, and 51 interceptions. He has also gone 5-2 in the playoffs, including a Super Bowl appearance. That is an underrated factor that certainly caught the eye of Sean McVay and Les Snead.

Additionally, Garoppolo knows the NFC West very well. He played with the San Francisco 49ers from 2017-2022.

At this stage of his career, this is the perfect role for Garoppolo. Being with an offensive-minded coach in McVay and not having the pressure of starting is massive. If needed, Garoppolo has shown the ability to step in and win some games.

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