Report: Rams have talked to multiple teams about trading Jared Goff

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The Rams want an upgrade at quarterback. But first they need to get rid of the quarterback they have.

A trade that would ship Jared Goff off has been discussed between the Rams and multiple teams, according to Jordan Rodrigue of TheAthletic.com. One of those teams may be the Lions, who reportedly had discussions with the Rams about a trade involving Matthew Stafford.

It has become obvious that the Rams simply no longer want to be on the hook for Goff’s contract, which carries more than $43 million in fully guaranteed payments in 2021 and 2022.

But why would any other team want Goff’s contract? His performance has been mediocre the last two seasons, and although he did help the Rams get to the Super Bowl after the 2018 season, it’s hard not to think a whole lot of quarterbacks could have played just as well as Goff did in Sean McVay’s offense.

The Rams are now paying for their decision to give Goff a huge contract extension in the offseason after they went to that Super Bowl. If they had just allowed him to play out his rookie contract, he’d now be heading into free agency, and the Rams could decide in the coming weeks whether to extend him, franchise him, or let him walk. But because they extended him after only three seasons, they’re stuck with his contract.

Unless they can find a trading partner. They’ll keep spreading the word that they’re in trade talks in the hope that some team bites.

61 responses to “Report: Rams have talked to multiple teams about trading Jared Goff

  1. Wasn’t this team’s FO just crowing about how great they are? They traded away the farm and diddled away their future with needless extensions. If this is somehow *great* they’ve turned the meaning of that word on its head.

  2. I think we might get to see another Brock Osweiler situation again.

    Rams trade Goff, this year’s 3nd, and next year’s 1st round picks for a 7th round pick.

  3. When will the Rams GM finally be held accountable for his mismanagement? From the Gurley and Goff contracts to the stupid trades and lost draft pick, he needs to be fired

  4. Rams have a great coaching staff but the GM pulls the trigger too quickly if someone has 1 great year.

  5. Not having a first this year is going to kill them. The only way I would take Goff off their hands would be this year’s first and next year’s 2 and 4. Hardball baby. But that Goff contract is brutal. And he is average at best.

  6. Les Snead seems to think he’s bullet proof, and shouldn’t have to live with the consequence of anything that he does.
    I’m honestly amazed that Kroenke would tolerate the way Snead, Demoff waste his money.

    The picks they gave up for Goff was worse, frankly, if they weren’t in it for the long haul. Would’ve had the fifth overall pick in 2017 and could’ve drafted Watson or Mahomes.

  7. He and Carson Wentz are in the same boat, good luck trying to get rid of them and those salaries

  8. When a team continues to mortgage the farm for one player(Goff,Gurley,Ramsey),it usually comes back to bite them.

  9. He definitely doesn’t deserve that much money, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets to turn around his career in a new city, like tannehill down in tennessee.

  10. If I was an owner, I would immediately fire any GM who suggests offering one of these ridiculous extensions to a QB. There was no good reason for the Rams to do this. The thinking is that the team will save money by not waiting to do a deal because contract values are rising. Very flawed logic, considering that not many qb’s play up to the contract’s value.

  11. A fool and his money as easily parted applies except the fool are the Rams. They are going to have to part with some serious draft capital to move him. This is unicorn year where so many QBs are available and of better caliber than Goff.

  12. Well that makes things awkward between the team and Goff.

    I don’t think he’ll get traded because they won’t find any takers and then we’ll have these endless news bites about how great everything is between Goff and the team despite him sitting on the bench.

  13. whatever. don’t even think about bringing that noise to the WFT. Mr. Mayhew will shut that down with a quickness.

  14. 33yy says:
    January 30, 2021 at 5:59 am
    I think we might get to see another Brock Osweiler situation again.

    Rams trade Goff, this year’s 3nd, and next year’s 1st round picks for a 7th round pick.
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    Since the Rams 1st round pick next year will likely be around 15-25, they’d still have to pay a giant chunk of Goff’s salary to entice any team to do this.

  15. Don’t blame the owner or the GM for this one, this is all on McVay. He made a power play to extend Goff as a condition for his own contract extension. Now McVay is having buyer’s remorse.

  16. Such a weird year. What is there like 5-7 teams that are keeping their QB? All the others wanna swap terrible contracts and questionable talent.

  17. Let’s remember, the Rams front office traded up to get him in 2016, gave him the huge extension and has subsequently made it known that they’re done with him, basically ruining whatever leverage they might have in a trade (which was none, basically).

    Why would other teams not wait until after the draft to deal with them if they’re interested? They desperately want draft picks – is Goff worth a 1st? I doubt it, AND his new team will likely end up signing Goff for something like league minimum, meaning the Rams will still be on the hook for his salary.

    The Rams front office has screwed this up in so many different ways and now they want another team to bail them out. Not likely.

    When a high draft pick doesn’t work out, it’s the team’s fault. They didn’t do their homework. In this case, Goff was drafted under Fisher, but McVey wants his own guy, is my guess.

    And what if they trade for Stafford and it’s not a perfect fit? Stafford will get the blame, not the team. Players aren’t “plug & play”. It’s more complicated than that.

  18. The inept management seen in St. Louis for so many years just followed them to L.A. They’ve had some outstanding players but that front office is a joke and has been since 2005. That it’s happening to a Stan Kroenke team is just wonderful.

    The Rams are gonna have to live with Goff for 2 more seasons because no front office in their right mind is going to take that contract and a QB who can’t play. The Rams can’t sit Goff because that would mean $43M riding the bench. Their only hope is they finish so badly they can repair the QB damage through the draft but realistically, their defense is so good they’ll win games. They’d probably screw up the draft again anyway.

    Great story to read first thing this morning.

  19. @collectordude
    Not sure I understand your comment.
    “Haven’t won in 20 years”

    They were IN the Super Bowl very recently.
    Measuring your team’s success by if they won the championship is going to leave u disappointed about 98.5% of the time.

  20. Jared Goff is not horrible. He just has a huge contract meant for a franchise QB that doesn’t reflect his play. He would be a great QB and can still be a starter on a few teams in the league. I mean I heard similar things said about Tannehill when he was in Miami.

  21. Hmmm, what team has a bad quarterback and wants to trade for an expensive bad quarterback. Not sure anyone is that stupid. The Bears come to mind but it ain’t going to happen.

  22. The Rams need to somehow get the Texans involved in a deal. That organization is the only one dumb enough to do it, even post-Bill O’Brien.

  23. They did the same thing with Bradford…you would think they would learn…Oh ya Snead is a idiot!

  24. Hello??? Why is no one talking about the obvious: Jared Goff DeShaun Watson??? AFC to NFC, along with respective draft picks it is win-win for both clubs!

  25. At least the Rams have the option to terminate Les Snead. The Chargers are worse off because John Spanos has tenure and never will be let go as long Dad runs the tackle football team. Hard to call it an organization.

  26. 3 years ago, the Rams, McVay and Goff were just another victim of the dynasty Patriots, who exposed Goff in the Super Bowl and shut down that offense.

    They haven’t been the same juggernaut since.

  27. Is Jarod Goff really the issue for the Rams? I have a lot of respect for Goff as a Seahawks fan but maybe it is because the Rams have always played the Seahawks well even before McVay…maybe some Rams fans can help me out here…I’m guessing Goff’s contract is the big issue?

  28. “They did the same thing with Bradford”

    That was before the rookie wage scale came in. And Snead wasn’t around then.

    They did do the same with Alec Ogletree, Tavon Austin, Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley though.

  29. “3 years ago, the Rams, McVay and Goff were just another victim of the dynasty Patriots, who exposed Goff in the Super Bowl and shut down that offense.

    They haven’t been the same juggernaut since.”

    Yeah, and the Patriots haven’t won a playoff game since then.

  30. Goff has been a dead man walking since he put up 3 points in the super bowl, when the defense gave up 13. Mcvay and Snead panicked and doubled down that offseason after he was exposed. Now with Herbert in town about to become the leagues best, they know Goff is going to look ridiculous checking wobblers at Sofi, while Herbert launches missiles every other week. The Rams are going to be irrelevant with milquetoast Goff as their Qb and Snead and McVay are getting fired. They better do something and do it fast

  31. flavofaze says:
    January 30, 2021 at 10:56 am
    Is Jarod Goff really the issue for the Rams? I have a lot of respect for Goff as a Seahawks fan but maybe it is because the Rams have always played the Seahawks well even before McVay…maybe some Rams fans can help me out here…I’m guessing Goff’s contract is the big issue?

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    Yes, Goff is the issue. His contract is an albatross. He can be serviceable with McVay in his headset telling him what to do. If anything changes or goes off-script once that headset cuts out, he is lost. With that contract, that level of play is crippling to a franchise.

  32. I’m quite certain the Patriots would be one of the teams they would have talked to. Goff’s contract isn’t that bad, relatively speaking, and a post June 1 trade could work for both teams. Pats could concentrate on other holes for the draft and free agency. Rams would likely have to add a sweetener, like a 2022 second rounder, and the Patriots would give up some late round pick, but can easily absorb his salary. It would be picking up 4 years at $25 mil with not much guaranteed. For a starting QB – not bad.
    He is much better suited to a Patriots style offense with a strong running game and short controlled passes. It’s the cold weather that would have this Pats fan concerned.

  33. Everyone who bags on the Raiders for dealing Mack should look at this and say what geniuses they’re front office is.

  34. The real question is what has turned the franchise against Goff? I feel like if he was putting in the effort the team would work with him. What happened to make them so critical publically?

  35. The more I read this the more I can’t make sense of it. Trade him? You should be firing the whole crew who put together and signed that contract. 30+ million DOLLARS?!?! For Goff, cousins, Wentz, Tannehill, roethlisberger, Ryan and sooner than Watson. Amazingly crazy money for what?

  36. They may not want to be on the hook for paying his actual salary, but they will be on the hook for the cap hit if they trade Goff, to the tune of $49.8 million (per overthecap.com)

  37. It’s a gamble. You sign a QB very early, knowing if you wait it will cost you more. Eagles are in the same situation. Dallas did wait, and we’ll see what happens, but chances are they will lose that bet and have to give Prescott a lot more money.

  38. They will have to eat most of his guaranteed money in order to get rid of him. There are so many better QBs available this year that they will be lucky to get anything more than a 7th.

  39. It feels like this is a sad case of a young coach being full of himself.

    Not sure how you convince yourself that a QB 7 years older, has never won, is a better fit than a QB like Goff, great system QB, proven winner who has more MVP votes than Russel Wilson

    Mcvey needs to look in the mirror and understand he is the problem.

  40. Goff doesn’t seem to be too bad. With whom will they replace him and how much will they give up to do so? Hopefully, the uncertainty is simply a way to motivate Goff to find a fighting a spirit.

  41. jc15807 says:
    January 30, 2021 at 2:27 pm
    They may not want to be on the hook for paying his actual salary, but they will be on the hook for the cap hit if they trade Goff, to the tune of $49.8 million (per overthecap.com)
    ___________

    Well…no, not actually. That is for a post June 1 cut. A pre June 1 trade is a cap hit of $22.2 mil, and a Post June 1 trade allows you to spread it over 2 years with only $6.8 mil cap hit this year. (use the tabs under the Dead Money and Cap savings)

  42. He’d be perfect for the Jaguars. Jags could take Lawrence with the first overall pick and then grab Goff and a 3rd for a 7th rounder from the lambs.

    Goff could start the first year allowing Lawrence to completely digest into the playbook and thave Goff take all the beating without subjecting Lawrence to the typical pounding and confidence destruction we see first year quarterbacks suffer through.

  43. When will teams learn that mega contracts for QBs never work. Ever, even if there’s a fire.

    Patrick Mahomes is the only one to potentially buck that trend.

    Ben Roethlisberger – One Super Bowl appearance, mostly early exits since he started making the big bucks

    Matt Stafford – Nowhere.

    Deshaun Watson – 4 wins. DeAndre Hopkins traded.

    Joe Flacco – Little success, team impacted heavily by his salary.

    Jared Goff – No deep playoff runs.

    Aaron Rodgers – No Super Bowl appearances since he got paid.

    Russell Wilson – One Super Bowl appearance, but lost a lot of the defense due to his salary and as a result the team hasn’t gone far since.

    Will the Ravens and Cowboys learn and not pay Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott? Of course not.

  44. Vikings fans would guarantee they are going to win the next ten Super Bowls if they got Goff.

    They claimed they would win 5 in a row when they got Cousins.

  45. Can’t understand why McVay and Snead are escaping scrutiny and keeping their jobs. Yeah, Goff isn’t perfect. But, since 2017, the only QB who has won more games than Goff is Tom Brady). Snead let the deep threat go in Brandin Cooks, and hasn’t done a damn thing to improve the o-line, a weakness that became more obvious when Whitworth went down.

    McVay, for his part, is sitting there calling the wildcat and throwing screen passes on third and long. His play calling and ability to prepare the team has been atrocious, and it doesn’t take much to outmaneuver this guy (e.g., Super Bowl, the last several games against SF, along with losses against Miami and even the NY JETS?). Come on, Kroenke needs to fire Demoff, Snead, and McVay and hire football people who know the damn game.

  46. Horrible takes here. pulpfiction62 calling for McVay to be fired. In the last 3 years McVay has taken the Rams to two playoff appearances, including a playoff win in each one and making a super bowl. Aside from the Chiefs and Patriots, no other team has had that level of success. You don’t fire a coach that is producing too 5 type results:

    bobcobb301 also with a bad take. Claiming paying a QB is always a bad idea. It’s not, it’s necessary to be consistently competitive. Paying a bad QB or mediocre QB is a mistake. But it was not a mistake for GB to pay Arod. They have made back to back NFC champ games. Not a mistake to pay Russ. They are always in contention. He has only missed the playoffs once. Paying showtime, obviously not a mistake. The only teams that are consistently successful have great QBs under long term deals. Goff is not Arod, Showtime, or Russ.

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