In a move that should surprise no one, the Rams have elected to exercise the fifth-year option on quarterback Jared Goff’s rookie contract.
With the latest collective bargaining agreement — enacted in 2011 — all teams have the option to extend the standard four-year rookie contracts of first-round draft picks to a fifth year. The Rams famously traded up to the No. 1 overall pick back in 2016 to select Goff, and now he’s under contract through the 2020 season.
This is a standard procedure throughout the league, especially for players who have developed at an expected rate for a first-round pick. Last year, Los Angeles exercised the fifth-year options on both running back Todd Gurley and cornerback Marcus Peters. The Rams then signed Gurley to an extension at the start of 2018 training camp. Peters remains under contract on his fifth-year option as of now, though the Rams have expressed interest in signing him to a long-term deal.
Through three seasons, Goff has thrown for 9,581 yards with 65 touchdowns, completing 62.1 percent of passes in the process. Over the last two years, Goff has compiled a regular-season record of 24-7 and a 100.8 passer rating while leading L.A. to consecutive NFC West division titles.