On April 23, 2019, the Los Angeles Rams picked up the fifth-year option on quarterback Jared Goff’s contract. Five months later, the team agreed to a four-year extension with Goff worth $134 million, with $110 million guaranteed. It’s been all downhill since then for the 26-year-old.
Goff has failed to live up to expectations since signing on the dotted line, and now it appears the Rams could be looking to shake things up in the QB department. So, what are the chances Goff returns to L.A. for the 2021 campaign? According to oddsmakers, the Cal product is likely not going anywhere.
Per Bovada, Goff is the heavy -500 favorite to be on the Rams for Week 1 of next season. The Indianapolis Colts (+550), Washington Football Team (+650), Pittsburgh Steelers (+750) and Houston Texans (+1500) are all available in plus money.
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Jared Goff Odds
|Los Angeles Rams||-500|
|Washington Football Team||+650|
Odds as of January 22 at Bovada
Will the Rams Trade Goff?
Since making an appearance in Super Bowl 53, the Rams have been trending in the wrong direction. L.A., which managed to post just three points against the New England Patriots in that game, missed the playoffs the following season and this year was eliminated in the divisional round.
Goff’s mammoth contract is not going to be an easy one to move, so it’s going to be tough for the Rams to find a potential suitor. Unless they want to lose $30.5 million in 2021, the Rams can’t cut Goff, so they appear to be stuck with the former No. 1 overall pick for the time being.
A pre-June 1 trade of Goff this offseason would result in a $22-million dead cap charge, but it would save the Rams $12.4 million in 2021, as well as an additional $67 million from 2022 to 2024. The financial reasons are there for a move, but is there another NFL team willing to make a deal?
Colts Could Be A Landing Spot for Goff
Goff is not a bad QB by any means. He’s just not playing at the caliber expected of a signal-caller earning $33.5 million per year. There might never be another time to recoup assets for him, so if head coach Sean McVay wants to get back to the big game, he might need to reinvest in the QB position.
All of the teams listed above have either cap space to spare or a glaring need at QB, so it makes sense to see them as options on the board. Out of the group, the Colts seem like a logical trade partner.
Only a few days ago, Philip Rivers announced his retirement from the NFL, leaving a gaping hole on the depth chart that in 2020 also included Jacoby Brissett and Jacob Eason. The Colts are going to have to do something in order to shore up the position, and a deal for Goff could make sense for both parties.
Only three franchises enter the offseason with more projected space under the salary cap than the Colts, who have nearly $66 million in available space.
Fresh off an 11-win season and a close divisional-round loss to the Buffalo Bills, Indy is going to want to capitalize on the momentum it’s created in 2020. Landing Goff with the intention of getting him back to the form he showed a few years ago could be just the ticket to doing that.
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