Contracts in the NFL are all related.
If you know much about the NFL, that’s fairly obvious — and it’s irrespective of position. When one player becomes the highest paid, or re-sets the market for those around him, there’s often another one who follows.
So once quarterback Carson Wentz received his extension from the Eagles to keep him under contract through the 2024 season, it was inevitable Rams QB Jared Goff would have to field questions about a potential deal of his own. After all, the two quarterbacks will be forever linked after going No. 1 and No. 2 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.
And for his part, Goff fielded the contract Qs by setting out the same message his teammates have given throughout the offseason: That’ll take care of itself.
“Yeah, you definitely think about it,” Goff said Tuesday. "But at the same time, I know none of that is even possible without playing well on the field, and being available on the field. So just continue to do what I’ve been doing in the last few years, and be myself, and let it take care of itself.”
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Goff noted that he’s happy for Wentz and for his agent — since the two quarterbacks share representation. But that doesn’t mean he’s in a rush to sign that all-important document.
“Whatever’s right, whatever’s right,” Goff said when asked if he had an ideal timeline. “Again, it’s not for me to worry about. It’s for the team and my agent to work on. And, like I said, keep doing what I’ve done on the field and that will take care of itself.”
Perhaps the biggest reason why Goff should feel that way? His head coach.
While there have been unsubstantiated rumors that L.A. might let Goff test the waters of free agency, head coach Sean McVay has batted those down.
“[A]ny of the things or the narratives that are out there,” McVay said, “Jared Goff, as long as I’m fortunate enough to be in this role, hopefully this guy is stuck with me for a long time.”
“Certainly those things do affect when you look at just the comps around the league, and with what Jared’s done over the last couple years, you can’t argue with the production and how good we feel about him being our quarterback. And we intend for that to be for a long time. As far as how that affects where we’re at with the timetable and getting that extension done, those are things that we’ll sit down and discuss.”
And as McVay has addressed before, he doesn’t agree with those who call Goff simply a product of the head coach’s offensive system.
“People make a deal about the system and he’s the reason why — our players are the reason why the system is what it is, because he can do so many things,” McVay said. “And, really, when you just look at the confidence we have in him, taking steps from year one in the system to year two, just thinking back to last year how confident he was — and now I think it’s even that much more this year. You can’t say enough just the extension of the coaching staff. He’s got true ownership, a great ability to communicate with his teammates. And with him leading the way, we feel really good.”
So, even though there’s no deadline, and the extension isn’t necessarily close to being done, this much seems to be clear: Goff’s set future with the Rams is a matter of when, not if.
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