The Los Angeles Rams have officially secured their quarterback of the future in Jared Goff. The 24 year-old Cal-Berkeley product has officially agreed to a four-year contract extension worth an estimated $134 million. The more impressive part? There’s $110 million guaranteed to Goff, a league record.
With the extension being agreed upon, the Rams have locked down Goff for six years total. The new extension begins after the current two years remaining on his rookie deal end. So expect to see Goff’s number 16 jersey on the field until at least the conclusion of the 2024 season.
What makes this deal impressive, outside of the financial figures is that, quite honestly, not many people saw this coming. Sure, the Novato, California native was the number one overall draft pick in 2016 when the Rams were relocating to Los Angeles from St. Louis, Missouri. But even in a dismal rookie season where the Rams finished 4-12 and Goff started seven games under former head coach Jeff Fisher, the word “bust” already began to be whispered.
Now the main concern that most fans will ask is, “Is the amount worth it?” Quite honestly, yes. But, here’s the thing, Jared Goff is not getting replaced anytime soon. Because he’s not getting replaced, the Rams have no choice but to pay their guy and not worry about trying to draft another QB.
However, in Jared Goff’s first three seasons as the Rams’ quarterback, his stats have increased and shown some glimmer of promise. Thus far, Goff has started and played in 38 regular season games (plus four playoff games), has completed 62% of his pass attempts, and thrown for 9,581 yards and 65 touchdowns. Those are not bad numbers in only three seasons of staring in the role of franchise player.
With the improvement of on-field production, the financial investment in Goff is worth it for the Rams. LA’s front office has placed enough weapons around Jared on the offensive side of the ball (e.g. Todd Gurley, Brandon Cooks, Cooper Kupp, etc.), without forgetting to take care of the defense (see Aaron Donald last season). All of the superstars of the Rams are now paid, and quite handsomely too.
With a core unit that is poised to stick together, for at least another two to three seasons, there are no excuses for the Rams to not be a reoccurring playoff team with another Super Bowl appearance. It’s up to Jared Goff to live up to the expectations and pressures of being the highest paid quarterback. It’s also up to head coach Sean McVay to keep the young quarterback in the right system.