Jared Goff

Detroit Lions
Quarterback #16
Detroit Lions
Quarterback #16
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Restructures contract

Goff and the Lions are in agreement on a restructured contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Lions will convert $20 million of his base salary into a signing bonus, freeing up $15 million in 2021 cap space while adding $5 million to Goff's cap charge in each of the following three seasons (2022-24). He still doesn't have long-term job security, and his 2022 compensation includes a non-guaranteed $10.65 million base salary and $15.5 million roster bonus, potentially setting up a tough decision next offseason. As for the immediate future, Goff is badly in need of some pass-catching talent, with Detroit thus far having swapped out Kenny Golladay (Giants) and Marvin Jones (Jaguars) for Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman. The Lions do have the seventh and 41st picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, plus they hold extra first-round selections in 2022 and 2023 as a result of the Goff trade.

Mar 24, 2021 6:42 AM EST


Sent to Detroit for Stafford

Goff and two future first-round picks and a third-round pick were traded from the Rams to the Lions on Saturday in exchange for Matthew Stafford, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The trade can't become officially until the start of the new league year in March, but the Rams are opting to go for broke to get an upgrade at quarterback. Goff is one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, but his up-and-down performance led to consistent frustration for Los Angeles. The 26-year-old threw for 3,952 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 67 percent of his passes in 15 games during 2020. Goff will immediately slot in as Detroit's top quarterback and has four years and $106.6 million remaining on his contract, though not all that money is guaranteed.

Jan 30, 2021 7:17 PM EST



Headed for job battle?

Goff could face competition from John Wolford in training camp, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: Goff's name keeps popping up on the NFL rumor mill, in part because Rams coach Sean McVay and GM Les Snead both declined to commit to the 26-year-old quarterback when reporters asked about his future with the team (per Kevin Modesti of The Orange County Register). A full guarantee on his 2021 base salary ensures Goff won't be released, but the Rams could still try to trade him if they believe he's maxed out as a league-average starting QB. Of course, they might not be able to generate any outside interest, considering Goff has four years and approximately $107 million remaining on his contract, including more than $43 million guaranteed. While his huge contract is far from ideal from the team's standpoint, Goff will still be a strong favorite to win the starting job if it comes down to a summer battle between him and Wolford.

Jan 27, 2021 11:46 AM EST


Can't win at Lambeau

Goff completed 21 of his 27 pass attempts for 174 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Rams' divisional-round loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Goff completed a high percentage of his passes, but rarely pushed the ball downfield. He had only five completions of more than 10 yards, two of which came during the team's second drive of the contest. Despite the conservative approach -- which may have been forced due to the health of his thumb -- Goff kept the Rams competitive late into the game by not committing any turnovers. Heading into 2021, Goff is under contract and is almost certain to remain the team's starting quarterback due to the cap restraints of his deal.

Jan 16, 2021 6:38 PM EST


Named starter for Saturday

Goff will start Saturday's playoff game in Green Bay, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Earlier in the week, coach Sean McVay suggested he was undecided between Goff and John Wolford, with the former still healing from thumb surgery and the latter now nursing a neck injury. It turns out Wolford won't be able to play, making the decision an easy one for McVay. Goff has been wearing gloves during practice this week, hoping it'll help his grip as he prepares to play in cold weather with his right thumb still bothering him. He completed nine of 19 passes for 155 yards and a TD in the 30-20 win over Seattle last week, and he's been a full participant in practice this week.

Jan 14, 2021 11:49 AM EST



QB decision pending

Coach Sean McVay said he's taking the quarterback decision between Goff (right thumb) and John Wolford (neck) "a day at a time" ahead of Saturday's divisional-round game at Green Bay, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Goff has been a full participant in practice this week, while Wolford hasn't practiced at all after picking up a stinger this past Saturday in Seattle. Entering that game in place of Wolford, Goff completed nine of 19 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown en route to a 30-20 victory. Considering where the quarterbacks stand as of Wednesday, Goff likely is the leading candidate to direct the Rams offense this weekend, but McVay may also take the decision down to the wire, as he did in the wild-card round.

Jan 13, 2021 3:48 PM EST


Full participation Tuesday

Goff (right thumb) was a full participant at Tuesday's walk-through.

Analysis: Following surgery on his dislocated right thumb Dec. 28, Goff missed the season finale, and his status remained in question for the wild-card round. Coach Sean McVay ended up making an active Goff the backup this past Saturday in Seattle, but he quickly made an appearance when starter John Wolford (neck) was knocked from the game on a Jamal Adams hit. Goff's final stat line -- 9-for-19 for 155 yards and one touchdown -- was modest on its face, but he ended up leading the Rams to a 30-20 victory. He kicked off this week as uncapped on Tuesday's practice estimate, while Wolford was held out entirely, seemingly putting him in the driver's seat to start Saturday at Green Bay. Still, McVay has yet to make a call on L.A.'s starting QB for the divisional round.

Jan 12, 2021 2:23 PM EST


Downplays thumb injury after win

Goff said after Saturday's 30-20 win over the Seahawks in the wild-card round that he doesn't believe his surgically repaired thumb will affect him heading into next weekend's divisional-round game against either the Packers of Buccaneers, Eric D. Williams of SI.com reports. "My thumb is fine," Goff said. "And I'm not going to use it as an excuse for anything that didn't go my way or any throw. It's not 100 percent because I had surgery 10 days ago or 12 days ago or whatever. But it's in a good place and I'm very capable of what I've got going on right now."

Analysis: After sitting out the Rams' Week 17 win over the Cardinals, Goff was active for the wild-card round as a backup to John Wolford after he was only able to practice on a limited basis leading up to the contest. With Wolford exiting in the first half with a neck stinger, Goff was thrust into action and clearly looked to be affected by his thumb. He still did well enough to avoid turning the ball over while the Rams deployed a run-heavy game plan, with Goff finishing the day with nine completions for 155 yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts. While Goff looks like he won't miss any further time, if Wolford is also cleared to play in the next round, the Rams may hold off on naming a starter until their final practice of the week.

Jan 10, 2021 10:49 AM EST


Orchestrates win in relief

Goff (thumb) completed 9 of 19 pass attempts for 155 yards and a touchdown while adding four yards on four carries during Saturday's 30-20 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Goff began the game as the backup but was called into action quite early as John Wolford (neck) left the game after taking a hit up high. Although he completed just 47 percent of his throws while he continues to heal from thumb surgery, he averaged a respectable 8.2 yards per attempt and tacked on a late touchdown pass to Robert Woods to seal the victory. Goff will look to make the most of the next week in terms of recovery before taking on either the Buccaneers or Washington in the NFC divisional round.

Jan 9, 2021 6:12 PM EST


Expected to be backup

Goff (right thumb) is active for Saturday's wild-card game but is expected to back up John Wolford, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports says.

Analysis: The Rams haven't officially made the announcement, but regardless Goff will miss just one game after having surgery on his right thumb only 12 days earlier. Expect John Wolford to play to start the game, but it's unclear if Goff will be factored into the offensive gameplan later on.

Jan 9, 2021 1:15 PM EST


Active for wild-card round

Goff (right thumb) is listed as active Saturday in Seattle, Eric D. Williams of SI.com reports.

Analysis: The Rams have yet to make a call on who between Goff and John Wolford will start for the Rams, but the former will miss just one game after undergoing surgery on his right thumb back on Dec. 28. According to Omar Ruiz of NFL Network, Goff again was wearing a small bandage on the appendage, but he completed warmups without issue and even unleashed a 60-yard pass during the session. As a result, Goff seems like a good bet to be under center for L.A.'s first drive of the game.

Jan 9, 2021 12:22 PM EST


Status up in air for Saturday

Coach Sean McVay said Thursday that Goff has made progress following surgery on his dislocated right thumb, but he has yet to make a decision on the Rams' starting quarterback for Saturday's wild-card game in Seattle, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After injuring his thumb Week 16, Goff underwent the procedure and sat out the regular-season finale, which allowed John Wolford a spot start at QB. As this week of practice proceeded, Goff looked crisp in drills but was listed as limited on all three injury reports. Goff himself told Rodrigue that taking snaps under center felt "good" in practice, but the Rams still consider him questionable to suit up this weekend. Ultimately, a decision on Goff's status will be announced approximately 90 minutes before Saturday's 4:40 p.m. ET kickoff.

Jan 7, 2021 3:21 PM EST


Questionable for Saturday

Goff (right thumb) is listed as questionable for Saturday's wild-card game at Seattle, Omar Ruiz of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Goff underwent surgery Dec. 28 to repair a dislocated right thumb suffered during Week 16 action. The procedure kept him off the field in the regular-season finale, but he's setting himself up to return by logging limited practices this week. According to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, Goff still was wearing a bandage on his thumb but displayed "zip" on shorter throws Thursday while building up to those in the mid-range. The Rams will officially reveal his availability about 90 minutes before Saturday's 4:40 p.m. ET kickoff.

Jan 7, 2021 1:55 PM EST


Gets in limited showing

Goff (right thumb) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: According to Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com, Goff looked comfortable throwing passes just 10 days after undergoing surgery on a dislocated right thumb. After Wednesday's session, coach Sean McVay said the Rams continue to proceed as if Goff is day-to-day, per Omar Ruiz of NFL Network. Wide receiver Robert Woods also told Ruiz that Goff was "slinging the ball pretty well" and "looked good throwing it." Goff likely has to emerge from the week of prep without complications to be cleared for Saturday's wild-card game at Seattle. Fortunately for the QB, he has one more chance to do so at Thursday's practice.

Jan 6, 2021 5:05 PM EST


Looking good in warmups

Goff (thumb) appears to be proceeding through warmups without issue Wednesday, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Just 10 days removed from undergoing surgery on his right thumb -- which he dislocated Week 16 -- Goff seemed to be going through the motions at practice. Per Thiry, not only was Goff seen throwing passes, but he went through ball-security drills, too, according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. Goff went down as a limited participant at Tuesday's walk-through, so it'll be interesting to see if he elevates to full midway through the practice week.

Jan 6, 2021 3:30 PM EST


Officially listed as limited

Goff (right thumb) was a limited participant at Tuesday's walkthrough practice, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Head coach Sean McVay is keeping his cards close to the vest, stating that he won't name a starting quarterback until 90 minutes before Saturday's 4:40 p.m. ET kickoff, when the inactive list is due. However, Goff has been throwing passes, and even McVay admitted that he's "preparing himself to play" against the Seahawks, according to Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com. The final verdict will depend on whether Goff's performance is hindered less than two weeks removed from thumb surgery on his throwing hand. In the case that Goff is held out, John Wolford will start under center while Blake Bortles slots in as the backup. Wolford completed 58 percent of his passes for 231 yards, no touchdowns and an interception and ran for 56 yards in last week's 18-7 win over the Cardinals.

Jan 5, 2021 5:42 PM EST


Will be game-time decision

Head coach Sean McVay said Tuesday that he won't reveal whether Goff (thumb) will start in Saturday's wild-card game against the Seahawks until game time, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Rams are required to release their inactives list 90 minutes before Saturday's 4:40 p.m. ET kickoff, and McVay stated that his starting quarterback decision will be available at that time. McVay did elaborate that Goff is the Rams' starting quarterback, so he should be under center if he gains medical clearance after undergoing thumb surgery last week. Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com relayed that Goff has been throwing passes, which certainly bodes well for his chances to return. John Wolford will be on standby in case Goff is ruled out. In Week 17, Wolford started and completed 22 of 38 passes for 231 yards and an interception, adding 56 yards on six carries.

Jan 5, 2021 3:12 PM EST


Looking iffy for Saturday

Goff (thumb) hasn't been ruled out for Saturday's wild-card matchup in Seattle but it could be challenging for him to gain clearance, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Goff sat out the Rams' playoff-clinching win over the Cardinals last Sunday due to a dislocated thumb, but the team is reportedly hopeful that he'll be able to return for the playoffs. As Rapoport notes, it's possible that the cold weather in Seattle could provide Goff with additional hurdles as he looks to gain medical clearance. John Wolford, who threw for 231 yards and an interception while rushing for 56 yards Week 17, would stand to draw another start if Goff can't go.

Jan 4, 2021 8:39 AM EST


Officially ruled out

Goff (thumb) has officially been ruled out of the Rams' regular-season finale against the Cardinals, Stu Jackson of the team's official website reports.

Analysis: As expected, the Rams have ruled Goff out ahead of Sunday's game following surgery on his injured thumb. The team is hopeful he will be available for the playoffs should they ultimately secure a spot. John Wolford will make his NFL debut under center in his place.

Dec 28, 2020 6:39 PM EST


Undergoes surgery on hand

Goff (thumb) is expected to sit out Sunday against the Cardinals after undergoing surgery, but is hopeful to be available for the playoffs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Goff dislocated the thumb on his throwing hand in Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Seahawks. The Rams can secure a playoff spot with a win, but that will now presumably be in the hands of backup John Worland.

Dec 28, 2020 4:29 PM EST


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