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    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 naďve 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 lineman Rob Havenstein to a deal that includes $16 million in guarantees, and then finished by giving defensive lineman Aaron Donald a $135-million deal that includes $86 million in guarantees.

    Cornerback Marcus Peters, middle linebacker Cory Littleton, tight end Tyler Higbee and offensive lineman Austin Blythe are among young players entering the final year of their contracts, making them candidates for extensions.

    Veteran offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth, who has a salary cap number of $16.7 million, and cornerback Aqib Talib ($8 million) are in the final year of their contracts.

    “The numbers would be tough, quite frankly, if you look at where we’re at, doing a significant change to Jared’s contract this year,” Demoff said. “It would probably hamper our ability to take care of some of the guys that we’re looking at for 2020.”

    But Demoff noted that “I would never mistake how we’re staggering our contracts based on how we feel about Jared or any player. ... We loved Aaron Donald. We tried for 18 months to get an Aaron Donald deal done. … Aaron’s the best example of your love for a player, and how badly you want them, doesn’t always come down to how quickly they sign.”


    New guys, new place
    The Rams announced they had signed their eight draft picks. The rookies were among the contingent touring the new stadium site.

    “I just can’t wait to see the final product and walk out and play in 2020,” said safety Taylor Rapp, a second-round pick. Cornerback David Long, a third-round pick, also was excited. “The video they showed us: it’s crazy,” he said.

    As part of the tour, the rookies chatted with construction workers who are affiliated with 2nd Call and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, organizations that assist in the development of formerly incarcerated men and women.


  • #2
    Technically, the argument could be made that Goff has more value to the Rams than Wentz does to the Eagles as Goff took the Rams to a Superbowl, while Wentz has missed quite a few starts due to injury. Regardless, the numbers are mind-boggling for a QB.

    How does a team build a roster that has elite players when you have a QB that commands a large percentage of the salary cap? I get the idea that a cap is necessary to avoid the NFL becoming too much like the NBA, where a soft cap exists, but when you look at the revenue NFL teams pull in from fans and the media it seems ridiculous. I like the Rams approach as we're likely to see some players like Whitworth (retirement) and Talib (retirement or cap casualty) gone after this season. The scary number is Gurley given his uncertain knee.

    Go Rams!

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    • #3
      We should wait until the end of the season and then offer a contract in line with Wentz, provided there is no catastrophic injury. The numbers bandied about now might look cheap compared to what we might see four years from now. That has been the trend, and the worst of the NFL's drop in viewership has already taken place and leveled off. Those who know the likely result of the next CBA can make a better judgment. What we suffered from Bradford getting the last fat rookie contract did not help us all those years.

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        Rams’ next spending priority could be on extensions for Jared Goff and Marcus Peters
        by Nick
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        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.

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        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.”

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      • r8rh8rmike
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        The bar, even if it is a slotted one, has been set.

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        Wentz, the No. 2 selection, reportedly received a four-year, $26.7-million contract that includes a $17.6-million signing bonus.

        Wentz and Goff are represented by the same agents, Bruce Tollner, Ryan Tollner and Chase Callahan of Rep 1 Sports.

        “We’re in constant contact with his representatives right now,” Rams Coach Jeff Fisher said Thursday when asked whether there was a timeline for signing Goff. “It’s not a big issue.”

        Fisher has coached the Rams since 2012, and he said “we’re one of the later teams” in announcing the signing of their draft picks.

        “It’s not a difficult process,” he said.

        The Rams, under Fisher, put all of their rookies through an orientation that includes financial planning seminars before they sign contracts.
        “It will happen in time,” he said of Goff.

        The last time the Rams selected a quarterback with the first pick in the draft was 2010, when they signed Sam Bradford to a six-year, $78-million contract. Bradford did not sign until the eve of training camp in July.

        That was the last year before a new collective bargaining agreement that instituted a rookie salary system.

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        Me, when the Rams traded for Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks, the latest in a string of big-name acquisitions by the team: Man, the Rams are going to be so good and fun and exciting next year.

        Also me, a few seconds later: This might be a complete disaster.

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      • Nick
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        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.”

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        -07-23-2018, 09:14 AM
      • Nick
        Goff not concerned about potential contract extension as 2019 training camp begins 
        by Nick
        Jared Goff not concerned about potential contract extension as 2019 training camp begins
        Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 11:40 AM
        Myles Simmons
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        Carson Wentz got his from the Eagles. The latest reporting has Dak Prescott likely getting his from the Cowboys at some point during training camp.

        So what about Rams quarterback Jared Goff and a contract extension? If it seems inevitable, that’s because it probably is. But at the same time, Goff hasn’t missed a start due to injury since taking over as Los Angeles’ starter midway through the 2016 season. And because he was a first-round pick — unlike Prescott — he’s not heading into the final year on his contract.

        That decreases the sense of urgency to get something done right now. And regardless, there is still that sense of inevitability.

        Asked if there’s been any movement toward a potential extension since the end of the offseason program, Goff said simply, “Nothing’s changed. Just the same spot.”

        And how does he feel about it?

        “Time will take care of it. Just go out and play.”

        Those simple four sentences encapsulate Goff and the way he approaches each day. Sean McVay often says that Goff’s even-keel demeanor is a good foil for the head coach’s excitability.

        But when it comes to this season, Goff — who will turn 25 in October — will likely be counted on more than he has in the past. He’s entering his fourth season, which is often when quarterbacks solidify themselves as high-quality starters. And he’s going to be playing behind a line with two new starters.

        “I feel like I’m getting old. Fourth year – it seems like it’s flown by,” Goff joked on Wednesday. “But yeah, excited for it. Excited to get back with a similar group of guys and get back to work.”

        Goff mentioned it and despite the new OL starters it’s true — the Rams will return nine of 11 starters on offense from last year, plus a few key role players. Of the players expected to contribute early on in the season at running back, wide receiver, and tight end, only RB Darrell Henderson was not on the roster in 2018.

        “It’s huge, especially with myself and the receivers, running backs and tight ends,” Goff said of the continuity. "Just having that continued chemistry and everything we’ve been working on, not only in the last couple of years, but this offseason off the field, just getting together as much as possible and feeling good. When you can have that similar group coming back, it’s good.”

        When last season ended, Goff was one of many Rams who said part of the difficulty in processing it was that there wasn’t a chance to get back on the field and immediately make corrections. Now with the beginning of camp, that’s going to change. And Goff is ready to begin that process, taking everything day by day as the club has done so well under McVay.

        “Yeah, it’s good....
        -07-26-2019, 10:37 AM
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