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  • Rams’ next spending priority could be on extensions for Jared Goff and Marcus Peters

    Rams’ next spending priority could be on extensions for Jared Goff and Marcus Peters
    By GARY KLEIN
    MAR 26, 2019 | 8:50 PM

    The Rams are done, for the most part, with free agency.

    They are turning their attention to the NFL draft in April.

    Looming — perhaps in May, June, July or beyond — are possible discussions about extensions for players such as quarterback Jared Goff and cornerback Marcus Peters.

    Last July, receiver Brandin Cooks got an extension with $50.5 million guaranteed. Running back Todd Gurley’s extension later that month guaranteed $45 million. In August, offensive lineman Rob Havenstein received an extension and $16.2 million guaranteed, and defensive tackle Aaron Donald got $87 million in guaranteed money on the eve of the season.

    The Rams made all of those deals knowing that Goff, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, would be going into his fourth season in 2019.

    Goff this season will have a base salary of $4.3 million, and carry a salary-cap number of $8.9 million, according to overthecap.com. That is a bargain in a league where the 10 highest-paid quarterbacks will have cap numbers of $23 million to $29.5 million.

    The Rams are more likely to extend Goff after his fourth season, but the franchise has shown a willingness to extend players after their third, including former receiver Tavon Austin in 2016 and Gurley last year.

    Goff, 24, is coming off his second consecutive Pro Bowl season and led the Rams to the Super Bowl.

    “Jared’s obviously extremely important to us,” coach Sean McVay said Tuesday during a breakfast at the NFL owners meetings. “But those are things that we know we want to get him done at some point.

    “Whether it happens this year, next year, those are things we haven’t really gotten into in depth about yet.”

    Goff is represented by the same agency as Cooks, receiver Cooper Kupp and new backup quarterback Blake Bortles. General manager Les Snead joked that, “it seems like we’re always talking through that situation of when,” regarding Goff.

    “Jared’s in a very similar boat [as] the rest of the guys,” Snead said. “Let us get through this phase right now because this phase directly impacts the ’19 season, and then after that we’ll figure out ’20 and beyond.”

    The Rams traded for Peters, 26, before last season and paid the two-time Pro Bowl player about $1.7 million. They exercised their fifth-year option and will pay Peters about $9.1 million this season.

    But will they extend his contract?

    Peters returned an interception for a touchdown in the opener against the Oakland Raiders. But he played through a calf injury suffered in Week 3 against the Chargers and did not perform at his previous level through much of the season. A player who had 19 interceptions in his first three NFL seasons had three in 2018.

    “He made plays that weren’t really indicative of what we feel like he is,” McVay said. “And what I love the most about Marcus is that he took accountability for it.”

    McVay noted that Peters played better late in the season and played his best game in the Super Bowl, a 13-3 victory by the New England Patriots.

    The Rams “absolutely” would like to have Peters around for years to come, McVay said.

    “I told his agent … ‘If he keeps playing this way, I think hopefully we’ll get a chance to work together for a long time,’ ” McVay said.

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    Peters’ improved play helped “his cause” in regard to a possible extension, Snead said.

    “Anytime you trade for a young player, the goal is for that guy to be a Ram,” Snead said. “That would be the intent of the trade, is you know that this would be nice if this worked out.”

    Etc.
    Snead said the Rams had discussions with defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh’s representative and “being part of the Rams is pretty much guaranteed to be off the table,” based on “budgetary constraints this year [that] probably doesn’t fit in his desires.” But he noted that “two weeks later, he calls up and says, ‘I want to play for this,’ then you may reopen” the case for bringing him back.

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  • Nick
    Carson Wentz’s contract extension does not change timetable for Jared Goff
    by Nick
    Carson Wentz’s contract extension does not change timetable for Jared Goff
    By GARY KLEIN
    JUN 07, 2019 | 7:15 PM

    Shortly before Kevin Demoff was due Friday to lead a tour of progress made on the Rams’ $5-billion Inglewood stadium, the team’s chief operating officer addressed an impending ancillary issue that will cost the team more than $30 million a year:

    Jared Goff’s next contract.

    The Rams quarterback is signed through the 2020 season, but his future compensation came into focus Thursday after the Philadelphia Eagles gave quarterback Carson Wentz a four-year extension that is reportedly worth $128 million, with $107 million guaranteed.

    Goff was the first pick in the 2016 draft. Wentz was the second. They share the same representation firm.

    The Eagles broke from recent NFL tradition by giving their quarterback an extension after his third NFL season. Most teams have waited until the completion of the fourth to reward quarterbacks.

    “I’m sure Jared went to bed happy last night,” Demoff told reporters. “I don’t think he was disappointed to see Carson do that.”

    But Wentz’s situation will not affect the timing of an extension for Goff, Demoff said.

    “They seem to be on a different timetable than we are,” Demoff said of the Eagles. “I don’t think we’re naïve enough to say that Carson’s signing is not relevant. I just don’t think it changes the timing.

    “The Eagles focused on what they thought was best for their organization. We’re going to focus on what’s best for our organization.”

    Goff, 24, will carry a salary-cap number of $8.9 million during the upcoming season, according to overthecap.com. In April, the Rams exercised their fifth-year option on Goff, which would give him a salary of about $22 million in 2020 if he does not sign an extension before then.

    Goff is 24-14 as a starter. He made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons, led the Rams to consecutive NFC West titles and to the Super Bowl last season. He has completed 62% of his passes, 65 for touchdowns, with 26 interceptions.

    Demoff and general manager Les Snead previously have said that preliminary discussions about a possible extension might begin after the Rams complete their offseason program. The Rams finish next week with a mandatory minicamp Tuesday.

    “He’s an important piece of our future,” Demoff said of Goff. “I don’t think the timing of when we sign Jared, or begin those talks, really is reflective of how we value him.”

    Rams rookies received a tour of the new stadium in Inglewood that they will share with the Chargers beginning in the 2020 season.
    Last summer, the Rams signed receiver Brandin Cooks to an extension that included more than $50 million in guarantees. They gave running back Todd Gurley, who was entering his fourth NFL season, $45 million in guarantees. They signed offensive...
    -06-10-2019, 06:08 AM
  • Nick
    Why the Rams won’t let Jared Goff walk
    by Nick
    Why the Rams won’t let Jared Goff walk
    By Vincent Bonsignore
    30m ago

    Only two NFL quarterbacks started at least 15 games in each of the past two seasons and finished with a passer rating over 100 while leading their teams to consecutive division championships.

    One, Drew Brees, is a future Hall of Famer.

    The other, 24-year-old Jared Goff, has presided over the winningest team in the NFL the past two years, its highest-scoring offense, and is coming off a Super Bowl appearance.

    At some point over the next decade or so, Brees rightfully will be fitted for a gold jacket signifying his stature as one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to set foot on an NFL field.

    As for Goff, well, if you believe the astoundingly lazy observations emanating from the furthest reaches of the NFL stratosphere, he’s little more than a product of the system he plays in and no sure bet to be re-signed to a lucrative long-term extension befitting his place among the best quarterbacks in the game.

    From those same corners of the NFL there is speculation that Sean McVay and the Rams are actually considering letting Goff walk at the end of his contract in order to pluck from thin air a younger, less expensive replacement for whom McVay will conjure up all his mystical and magical powers in order to seamlessly insert him into the lineup without the Rams missing a beat.

    Because, you know, system quarterback.

    The level of absurdity is almost too phenomenal to take seriously.

    But it’s also seeped too deeply into public consciousness to let go without comment.

    First things first, the Rams are not actually pondering a plan in which they decline to re-sign Goff when his rookie contract expires after the 2020 season. On the contrary, they are planning and preparing their landscape for a world in which Goff is making franchise-caliber money and surrounded by a supporting cast strong enough to ensure playoff contention for the foreseeable future.

    Yes, it will be a salary-cap challenge fitting a franchise quarterback contract into the payroll of a championship-caliber roster. But one for which the Rams are already formulating a game plan.

    It will require shrewd drafting, especially in the mid-to-late rounds, to continually come up with young, reasonably-priced developmental players that they can eventually rely on to produce. It will entail well-researched and disciplined thinking, knowing when to let veteran free agents walk in order to recoup compensation picks, who to reel in from the free-agent market and when to peddle off draft picks in order acquire instant-impact veteran help.

    But given how eight of the last 12 Super Bowl participants did so while their quarterbacks were being paid top-quarterback money, there is ample precedent for constructing championship-caliber rosters around highly paid quarterbacks....
    -05-24-2019, 03:01 PM
  • MauiRam
    Rams burning question: Can Sean McVay make Jared Goff a poor man's Kirk Cousins?
    by MauiRam
    Cousins is pretty rich, so that wouldn't be the worst thing in the world



    Rookie seasons are rarely memorable for NFL quarterbacks, but Jared Goff's first shot as an NFL signal caller was entirely forgettable. He rode pine until late November, with Rams coach Jeff Fisher stubbornly sticking by Case Keenum. When he finally got the starting job, Goff went 0-7, was a little lucky to complete 50 percent of his passes and threw just five touchdown passes, three of which came in one game against the Saints.

    Fisher was fired midseason and the Rams cleaned house after 2016 ended, all while watching the Titans select a talented wideout with the top-five pick that the Rams handed them as part of last year's Goff deal. The Rams' next hire was a critical one and they went uber young with it, bringing 30-year-old Sean McVay over from Washington.

    (The Rams are back at training camp! Don't MISS anything as they prepare to try and make the playoffs -- take five seconds to Sign up for our Free Rams newsletter now!)

    Make no mistake, McVay's hire is about turning Goff into a legitimate quarterback. McVay's tutelage in Washington turned Kirk Cousins into the ultimate conundrum: a quarterback who plays well enough you have to pay him but not well enough to commit past massive single-year franchise tag deals.

    A lot of what you see with Goff and the Rams from 2016 is a case of Los Angeles putting major reigns on their rookie quarterback and limiting what he can do with a particular play. There are four guys running routes here but only one of them is really in play here. Goff is throwing to Tyler Higbee. via NFL GamePass
    It's not surprising for an offense to put a cap on a rookie early on and for coaches to limit the amount of things a player has to worry about, but Goff was so obviously locked into a single target that he was sometimes throwing before he finished his drop. via NFL GamePass
    Again, there are four routes being run but three of them might as well be decoys. This throw, by the way, resulted in a 19-yard completion and even set up a 24-yard Todd Gurley touchdown run. But let's not get too caught up in results. Everything about the gameplan in Goff's first start -- Week 11 against the Dolphins -- was rudimentary to the nth degree.

    The creativity level was about what you would expect out of the worst offense in the league. The Rams averaged a measly 14 points per game and trailed even the 31st-ranked Jets by a healthy margin in DVOA. On a critical 3rd-and-4 play call against Miami, with the Rams leading 7-0 and 2:32 left in the second quarter, here's what Goff saw at the top of his shotgun drop. via NFL GamePass
    It looks like rush hour between the hash marks. Ndamukong Suh ripping through the offensive line didn't help matters and it resulted in a sack. Pressure was a problem for Goff, who finished the...
    -08-10-2017, 01:22 AM
  • r8rh8rmike
    Jared Goff expects Sean McVay 'to bring out the best in me'
    by r8rh8rmike
    Jared Goff expects Sean McVay 'to bring out the best in me'

    Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer​​​​​​​

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Sean McVay arrived in Los Angeles on Jan. 4. The Los Angeles Rams' interviewing party took him to dinner that night in Santa Monica, then interviewed him at their facility the following morning. When they finished, McVay was asked to stick around.

    Jared Goff, the 2016 No. 1 overall pick who rests the franchise's future on his shoulders, was set to arrive later that afternoon to chat with his prospective new coach. So McVay and Goff sat in the Rams' offensive meeting room for two hours -- alone -- going over film and talking about how they might make it all work.

    Goff left hoping McVay would be the guy.

    "It was very positive," Goff said Friday, moments after McVay was formally introduced as the Rams' new head coach. "I felt like he was a guy I could play for -- and hopefully play for for a long time."

    McVay signed a five-year contract to be the Rams' new head coach on Thursday. At 30, he is the youngest head coach in the Super Bowl era. And at 22, Goff was the NFL's youngest quarterback last season.

    "Right off the bat," Goff said, "you could tell that his knowledge is extremely high. Far higher than a lot of guys."

    The Rams sent a passel of draft picks to the Tennessee Titans last year for the right to move up 14 spots in the draft and select Goff out of Cal. But Goff, who never took a snap from under center or called a play from the huddle while running an air-raid offense in college, struggled mightily throughout the preseason and didn't become the starter until the 10th game of the regular season.

    When he did, he played poorly. From Weeks 11 to 17, Goff had the fewest yards per attempt (5.31), the second-lowest Total QBR (22.1) and the fourth-lowest completion percentage (54.6) in the league. The Rams, ultimately burdened by the NFL's worst offense for a second straight year, lost all seven of those games, then went about searching for a coach who could get the most out of Goff.

    Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff, who led the coaching search, reiterated that the Rams were focused on finding the best leader and weren't specifically targeting someone for Goff. But Demoff also said, "You were always worried about making sure that Jared had continuity."

    He brought up the coach-quarterback relationship between Sean Payton and Drew Brees and that of Jon Gruden and Rich Gannon and how beneficial those became.

    "Getting that right pair with the quarterback was imperative," Demoff said.

    Goff believes he saw that in one two-hour meeting. "There was a lot of things we talked about in terms of philosophy, how the quarterback position needs to be played -- a lot of it aligned, and that was very good to hear,"...
    -01-14-2017, 12:03 PM
  • Nick
    Rams quarterback Jared Goff has gone Hollywood; yeah, well, not really
    by Nick
    Rams quarterback Jared Goff has gone Hollywood; yeah, well, not really
    By GARY KLEIN
    JUL 20, 2018 | 10:20 AM

    A few weeks before he was due to report to training camp, Jared Goff went Hollywood.

    The Rams quarterback posted to Instagram a photo of himself and three friends standing in front of the iconic Hollywood sign. It was the ascending NFL star’s first time at the hillside landmark that celebrates a region awash in entertainment and sports celebrities.

    “Is this LA enough?” Goff wrote.

    Goff automatically joined the celebrity fraternity in 2016 when the Rams made him the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. But he proved star-worthy last year after rebounding from a shaky rookie season, leading the Rams to the NFC West title under first-year coach Sean McVay.

    Now, after playing in the Pro Bowl for the first time, Goff is the triggerman for a team that is expected to contend for a Super Bowl title.

    The Southland already includes sports stars such as Rams Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and recently acquired Manny Machado, the Angels’ Mike Trout and, of course, new Laker LeBron James.

    But NFL quarterbacks can achieve rarefied air if they deliver Super Bowl victories.

    Is Goff, 23, ready to make the city his own?

    “There’s so much that goes on in this city,” Goff said. “People want to label it ‘somebody’s.’ I don’t think it is anybody’s.”

    Then he laughs and reconsiders.

    “That guy [James] that just came into town — it might be his now.

    “We’re just trying to win football games, and if you do, there’s a lot of cool things that go along with being in L.A.”

    Goff, a Northern California native, passed on many of the off-the-field opportunities —movie premieres, lavish parties, etc… — that were offered during his first two seasons. He remains selective but is becoming more willing to embrace events.

    “I’ve become more comfortable with the city and understanding where things are and how long it takes to get places and all that,” he said during an interview before a question-and-answer session with business executives at an athletic club in Cheviot Hills. “At the same time, I don’t like to ever sacrifice training or anything that will help me be a better football player.”

    After passing for 28 touchdowns, with seven interceptions, last season, Goff has taken some time to relax. He headlined a charity golf tournament in Northern California and has hung out with friends and his 7-month old dog, Quincy.

    But mainly, he has remained focused on football.

    “Just been training,” he says. “Nothing crazy.”

    As he did before last season, Goff works with quarterback trainers Tom House and Adam Dedeaux during throwing sessions in Huntington Beach. The workouts are “like a tune-up,” he said. Like a golfer working with...
    -07-23-2018, 09:14 AM
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