In the pursuit of reaching and winning the Super Bowl, teams are roughly divided into two trains of thoughts on the best way to build their roster:
1.) Utilize a veteran quarterback and do the best you can surrounding him with adequate talent
2.) Take advantage of a quarterback on a rookie contract and maximize the amount of talent you can surround him with.
In a recent article by ESPN’s Dan Graziano, he took a look at how “married” every NFL team is to their quarterback and ranked their situations from top to bottom. The Rams came in at the top spot, ranking as the #1 team in terms of how committed they are to Jared Goff as their quarterback.
As of right now, Goff is signed through 2024. Last September, the former No. 1-overall pick signed a four-year, $134 million extension which included $57 million guaranteed at signing.
“March 20 was a big day for Goff. On that day, he collected a $21 million 2020 roster bonus, his $25 million 2021 salary became fully guaranteed, his $2.5 million 2021 roster bonus became fully guaranteed and his $15.5 million 2022 roster bonus became fully guaranteed,” Graziano stated. “This means the Rams will pay Goff $73 million in fully guaranteed money over the next three years, plus almost certainly his non-guaranteed $10 million 2022 salary on top of the $25 million signing bonus they gave him last fall.”
The soonest the Rams could potentially get out of the contract would be in the offseason of 2023. However, if they pull the cord one year sooner than that in 2022, they will have to foot the bill for $15.5 million without him taking a snap for them that season.
The Rams really put their money where their mouth is with Goff and basically asserted, “We got to the Super Bowl with him once, we can dang sure do it again.”
How do you all feel about the Rams’ place atop the list? Does it concern you in anyway, or are you confident that the money wrapped up in Goff was rightfully placed?
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ESPN ranks QB Goff and Rams as the “most-married” QB-team pairing in the NFL (ESPN)
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Tyler Conway reports on CB Richard Sherman’s happiness with white quarterbacks speaking up (Bleacher Report)
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