Jared Goff’s appreciation of Derek Carr’s contract is premature, at best

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Many people have said many things about the contract signed last week by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. On person who has said things about the deal perhaps shouldn’t, at least not yet.

“Awesome to see that happen to a guy like him in this league,” Rams quarterback Jared Goff said Tuesday during a conference call for the American Century Championship golf tournament, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. “Obviously, great for guys like myself and younger quarterbacks.”

If by “great” Goff means “premature,” he’s right.

Goff first needs to show that he won’t be a bust (roughly half of all first-round quarterbacks are) before he can even consider getting paid like Carr. Also, because Goff was a first-round pick, he’s signed for five total years. Which means that he’s four seasons away from the franchise-tag dance that could allow him to pile up cash and leverage by operating on a year-to-year basis. It also means that he’s probably three years away from getting an extension.

None of it matters if he doesn’t develop into the kind of quarterback the Rams would pay to keep. Based on his performance in 2016, the jury is out, at best. If the light doesn’t come on in 2017, there’s a chance the Rams will cut their losses and dig the hole for a tug of war with the 49ers, as both possibly try to land Kirk Cousins.

While that’s also premature, it’s equally as premature as Goff thinking about his second contract. His primary focus for now should be justifying his first one.

22 responses to “Jared Goff’s appreciation of Derek Carr’s contract is premature, at best

  1. Its possible Goff won’t be a bust, because he had Jeff Fisher as HC and a bad OLine and receivers.
    But Goff was pretty awful, so there is a good chance he will be an epic bust.

  2. Huh? I didn’t get that impression at all. If anything, it sounded like he’s happy that quarterbacks who perform will get rewarded with a hefty payday. And that’s some added motivation for young QBs like himself.

    But you’re probably right. With 7 games under his belt, he’s already looking ahead to his 2021 contract negotiations…

    I’ll be happy when the season finally starts.

  3. Not a Rams fan but Goff is allowed to have an opinion, Florio. This is such a petty post.

  4. I get your point, but the guy is young and looking to his future. Sounds like he believes in himself. Were you this harsh on Peyton after his first year.

  5. It doesn’t matter if Goff is good or bad, he’s still a quarterback. The higher the contracts for quarterbacks get, the better it is for all quarterbacks. The guy was just answering a question, he wasn’t looking ahead to what he’s going to make on his next contract. Why don’t you get off his case?

  6. I think Goff got a bad rap in his first year. Fisher started him off the season as 3rd string. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the 3rd string QB get’s NO reps – NONE. That’s not hypothetical, that’s the absolute truth. NO reps. To put him in that position and then bring him out to start, it’s not surprising he did as poorly as he did.

    That’s why these QB’s drafted in the first round – Tribisky, Watson and Mahomes should be set up as backups and not 3rd string unless they’re not playing at all this season for the simple fact that they’re not going to get any practice reps and thus won’t be prepared to play anyways.

  7. They’re two different QB’s. Jared sounded happy for Carr and QB’s in general.
    Of course, he’s optimistic for himself. He should be. He did turn around the Cal record, that is why he was drafted. He showed, the capacity for turning a program into a winner. Too many, like making issues. The future is not seen by anyone. It took both Mannings as well as Elway, time to get things turned on. Besides, Goff didn’t have an offensive line worth a damn. Ask anyone.

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