Jared Goff doesn’t feel like a throw-in to the Matthew Stafford trade.
“I’m just excited to be somewhere that I know wants me and appreciates me,” the Lions-bound Goff told NFL Network.
The Rams acquired Stafford for Goff, two first-round picks and a third-round pick. Goff becomes the Rams starting quarterback for 2021 and maybe 2022 – cutting him then would result in $10 million salary cap savings against $15 million dead cap space – before his contract essentially is year-to-year.
Goff’s words seem to indicate he didn’t feel wanted and appreciated with the Rams despite signing a four-year, $134 million contract extension in September 2019, on the heels of a Super Bowl appearance. Both coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead offered only a mild vote of confidence for Goff after the season and before the trade. NFL Network reported people close to the situation said McVay and Goff needed “marriage counseling.”
How much the Lions wanted Goff versus were willing to accept him as a Rams’ salary dump in order to get a second first-round pick added to the trade package is a subject of wide debate.
Goff spoke with new Lions coach Dan Campbell and several other members of the Lions’ staff on Saturday and came away feeling like “they’re fired up to have him” as their starter, according to an ESPN report.