Jared Goff’s contract makes it very hard to trade him

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The Rams seem to be pondering the possibility of life without quarterback Jared Goff, the first overall pick in the 2016 draft. However, the contract the Rams gave Goff in 2019 makes that much harder.

A trade would trigger a cap charge of only $22.2 million, which is manageable. The problem for the Rams will be finding a team that willingly takes on his contract, which carries $43.325 million in fully-guaranteed payments due in 2021 and 2022.

Who would take on that kind of an obligation for Goff at this point? What has he done over the last two years to make anyone stand up and say, “That’s our guy.”

If the Rams had simply resisted the temptation to sign Goff to a contract with a new-money average of $33.5 million per year, they’d be able to wipe the slate clean this year, letting him walk away as a free agent, with no cap consequences of any kind.

Spin the clock back to June 2019, when some (mainly, me) were saying that the Rams should tell Goff to pound salt or sand (I never know which one is right) regarding a new contract after three NFL seasons, and possibly after five. Fred Roggin of NBC’s L.A. affiliate scoffed at my Goff position, presenting a question to coach Sean McVay like this: “I don’t know how often you check online and care what the pundits say. One suggested that, you know, the thing about Jared Goff is there will be a point in time when you’re just going to get rid of him because you’re gonna bring somebody in here who’s younger who will be your kind of guy. Now to me I thought that was insane . . . because you’ve developed him into one of the top quarterbacks in the game.”

In hindsight, it was insane to pay Goff $33.5 million per year. It was insane to hitch the wagon to Goff for, as a practical matter, four more seasons. And it would be insane for another team, with so many options at quarterback, to trade for a contract that entails a fully-guaranteed commitment of $43.25 million over the next two years.

Indeed, the Rams may have to pay part of the money due to Goff in order to unload the contract at this point. The contract that they never should have given to him.

Cutting him becomes out of the question for the Rams, since much of the guaranteed money isn’t subject to offset language. Since they’re paying him either way, the best approach for the Rams could be to find a better starter and make him a ridiculously overpaid backup, instead of just a ridiculously and grossly overpaid starter.

48 responses to “Jared Goff’s contract makes it very hard to trade him

  1. Just work on shortening his delivery, and he’s one of the best QB’s in the league. Seriously. I’m surprised that hasn’t happened already. Probably easier said than done. Get the friggin ball out of your hands!

  2. Goff has more super bowl appearances than Rogers over the past few seasons! Let that sink in!

  3. Offer him to the Texans, they are dumb enough to do anything that doesn’t make sense.

  4. Trade him to green bay straight up for rodgers. 49ers re-work aarons contract making him the highest paid player in the NFL. rodgers will bring the 9ers to the playoffs every year only to choke.

  5. Ive followed pro football for 40 years and I can’t think of another offseason where so many teams have been unhappy with their QBs and/or vice versa. It’s craziness.

  6. Then you have the NY teams who are content with their bust QBs and losing. Teams should want more out of their QBs who were high draft picks.

  7. My question is, what did he do prior to being given that massive contract, that made the Rams stand up and say “that’s our guy”??? He’s a stiff, always was.

  8. The problem is these teams pay these guys big money and they can’t play in the NFL..there a bust…McVay should of known that since he had to call all the defenses change until they turned of the headset…he is not moble enough to play in the NFL

  9. From the same website that regularly argues in favor of Dak at 40+ million a year. At least Goff went to a Super Bowl

  10. The QB market is out of control. I expect a lot of QBs making northward of $30 million to move around in the next couple years because the salary cap has stalled. When half (or more) your team cap is invested in two or three players, that team actually caps it’s ability to get better ( ie win Super Bowl) over the long term.
    Look at Seattle – who is getting ready to invest heavily in Jamal Adams and pay Russell Wilson. They have to shed solid players like KJ Wright or Jarron Reed or Shaq Griffin.

  11. iknoweverything says:
    January 26, 2021 at 7:40 pm
    Trade him to green bay straight up for rodgers. 49ers re-work aarons contract making him the highest paid player in the NFL. rodgers will bring the 9ers to the playoffs every year only to choke.

    Huh?

  12. Salary and his ability makes it really hard to trade him. But, we all know the Packers would take him over Rodgers because he doesn’t choke.

  13. As I recall, Mike, your solution was for the Rams to dump Goff for Kirk Cousins. Now how does that help?

    I’ve got another one for you. If McVay is the genius with a QB proof offense that both you and Chris Simms trumpeted him to be, how come he can’t make it work with a QB that went first overall in the draft just five years ago?

  14. But every QB has to set the market higher and higher, right Mike?

    You can have salt or sand, but you can’t eat them too. Or whatever the saying is.

  15. Why did they give him that monster contract? Did they think he’s was going to get a lot better?

  16. bassplucker says:
    January 26, 2021 at 7:41 pm
    Ive followed pro football for 40 years and I can’t think of another offseason where so many teams have been unhappy with their QBs and/or vice versa. It’s craziness.

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    Maybe it’s a wakeup call that throwing money at trash or even good QBs can ruin a franchise…WRs DEs and CBs, you are next….the salaries are out of control. NBA garbage has proven this model doesn’t work

  17. When Gurley got hurt and left, you saw how good Goff really was. He is straight up garbage without peak Gurley. He’s slow, doesn’t make good reads, takes forever to wind up his delivery, and is just a poor QB. If Woods and Cupp would be on teams with even a half decent QB, they would be absolute top 5-10 WR in the NFL. Goff is holding that team back.

  18. An important part of the question is what is the new teams cap hit for those 2 years?
    We all get that $35 million is a killer.
    Is it $22 or $23 million a year?
    For a mid tier qb like Goff is, that ends up sounding about right money wise.
    I still don’t know that another team makes that trade, but might up the odds a little.

  19. If his 1st read isn’t open and/or he has to move in the pocket, he’s toast. He’s a less competitive and much less athletic Mitch Trubisky. He’s already eclipsed Sam Bradford as the worst overpay in the Rams’ history.

  20. Much like Wentz, he was over drafted. They both are not franchise QBs. But In fairness (as an eagles fan) Goff has the better body of work. ( yeah we all know he benifits having his coach in his ear). Wentz however is a train wreck cancer.

  21. I believe he should have said “that because of their stupidity of giving him a contract when they didn’t have to based on a limited amount of performance history they are now pleading for some team, any team, to be as stupid as we were in drafting him and take him off our hands”.

  22. They should trade him to the Eagles for Wentz. It would be good for both of them to start over some place else.

  23. Don’t try to trade him, at least publicly. Just sit on him for one more year & make sure his ceiling has been reached. Easier to deal with his contract after this next season. Worse thing to do is aggressively try to trade him, fail and then have him disgruntled.

  24. I blame Demoff the most for this. At Kroenke’s direction, Demoff has been trying to make a splash in LA since 2016 as they are in competition with the Chargers. There have been some good signings (Donald, Woods, Kupp, Whitworth to name a few) mixed in with the bad ones (Tavon Austin, Gurley, Goff). What the Rams have is a QB who ranges between good to adequate on his best days and is a turnover machine on too many days. The Rams were in too much of a rush to sign Goff to the big, splashy new contract and now, when much better quarterbacks are available, they are stuck with a guy who throws the occasional tight-window touchdown, and are unable to get a guy who is expected to do that on a regular basis.

  25. The stupidity of every qb getting a record deal has blown up. Predictable. Same as old days of 1st round picks getting 15% raises every year when they never played a down.

  26. Buyer beware. Real lesson is never sign anyone to a deal so individually big (in the ultimate team sport) that your whole team is screwed if the person is non HOF lock material.

  27. Trade him to green bay straight up for rodgers. 49ers re-work aarons contract making him the highest paid player in the NFL. rodgers will bring the 9ers to the playoffs every year only to choke.

    Good grief. I just can’t with this one.

  28. supercharger says:
    January 26, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Why did they give him that monster contract? Did they think he’s was going to get a lot better?

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    So many teams making this mistake. You give a big contract because they’ve already done something you can’t live without, *not* because you hope they’ll get better.

    If they’re not already what you want them to be by the time they’re due for a new contract, move on.

    Offhand I can’t think of anyone who only became great after being paid. But the list of guys who got worse after being paid is long.

  29. GOff’s career ended when Todd Gurley got hurt during their SB run and it exposed him as an inept player that was only as good as his security blanket.

  30. supercharger says:
    January 26, 2021 at 8:57 pm
    Why did they give him that monster contract? Did they think he’s was going to get a lot better?

    That’s the problem he never got better…got worse after he got his butt handed to him in the Super Bowl…can’t read a defense and is a statue in the pocket…get rid of him…

  31. dolphins2cool says:
    January 26, 2021 at 8:49 pm
    Trade Jared Goof for Carson my career has got up & Wentz… Straight up. 😂

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    Ouch. Zach Ertz.

  32. Cleveland needs to think about this (and Wentz) with respect to Mayfield. You better be very careful and darn sure about a guy that is probably the product of his system.

  33. If they Rams get rid of Goff they not only blew a high first round pick on him, but they then made the inept decision to double down on that bad pick by giving him a huge contract.

    Goff isn’t the issue, he’s just a symptom of a terrible front office, is what it looks like to me.

  34. And when the Ravens do the same thing with Jackson, you can just run this same article again in 2023.

  35. jtgush says:
    January 27, 2021 at 6:23 am
    supercharger says:
    January 26, 2021 at 8:57 pm
    Why did they give him that monster contract? Did they think he’s was going to get a lot better?
    That’s the problem he never got better…got worse after he got his butt handed to him in the Super Bowl…can’t read a defense and is a statue in the pocket…get rid of him…

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    He may not be the second coming of Troy Aikman, but know what you are talking about. Goff is excellent at rolling out and bootlegs, he’s not Lamar Jackson but he’s not a statue either.

  36. It probably wasn’t “insane”. A big fear for teams with an above average QB is not paying him sooner rather than later and that later bill becomes very expensive via year-to-year franchise tag – e.g. Cousins w/ WFT and Dak w/ Cowboys.

    What the Rams should have done is structure the contract so that they could get out of it (with minimal financial impact) down the road if the Goff did not play well. They failed on that end.

  37. Maybe Senior Snead should look in a mirror and ask ‘who gave that guy that massive guaranteed money’. He’ll find the answer.

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