QB - DET
The trade for QB Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions has officially been finalized, per Adam Schefter.
Goff was part of the trade package that sent former Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams last month. Goff earned Pro-Bowl nods in 2017 and 2018, including a trip to Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots, where the quarterback was unable to deliver in clutch moments. Regardless, he has thrown for over 18,000 passing yards and 107 touchdowns with a 91.5 passer rating throughout his five-year career with the Rams. Detroit is undergoing a regime change with new head coach Dan Campbell and will get a fresh start with Goff under center in the Motor City for 2021. The Lions are hoping to tap into Goff's elite play from 2017 and 2018 to reverse the losing culture that has permeated the franchise for so long, although rumors of the Lions drafting a quarterback have gained steam in recent days.
Detroit Lions General Manager Brad Holmes is saying that the Lions are not against taking a quarterback in this year's draft. He was quoted saying "quarterback is such an important position and I just think it’s good drafting business, always, to be very, very thorough on that quarterback class – regardless of what your situation is." per Pro Football Talk.
The Lions picks seventh overall this year. After the trade that sent Jared Goff to Detroit, most pundits assumed that he would take the Week 1 snaps under center. However, Holmes is saying that the team plans to do their full diligence in the draft process by looking at every position. Adding to the above quote, Holmes also said, "When I was with the Rams, I always said, regardless of what you have at quarterback [you have to be thorough], and especially now, it’s the same approach. It is a good crop coming out this year, but it’s definitely not a position that will be ignored by us by any means.” While it doesn't sound like the Lions have definite plans to take a quarterback in the first round, Justin Fields, Trey Lance, or Zach Wilson may catch their eyes if any drop to the seventh pick. As is the norm this time of year, this could also just be smoke and mirrors. The Lions have gaping holes to fill at wide receiver and linebacker, but Holmes may opt for the "best player available" approach if a top quarterback falls.
The Los Angeles Rams are trading Jared Goff, a 3rd-round pick in 2021, a 1st-round pick in 2022, and a 1st-round pick in 2023 to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford.
One former first overall pick is headed to Detroit while the other former first round pick gets a fresh start in Los Angeles. Detroit apparently had six offers for Stafford, but it was the package of Goff and the three picks that enticed the Lions. The deal can’t become official until the start of the league year on March 17, but this is the first of many that will kick off a wild NFL offseason.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports his understanding is that the Rams will entering training camp with an "open competition" at the quarterback position.
Of course, this competition will be between Jared Goff and John Wolford. This also assumes that Goff will remain on the roster and isn't traded, which isn't a certainty. The Rams apparently like the added dimensions Wolford's legs bring to the offense and it's clear they aren't satisfied with Goff's recent performance. The biggest issue is Goff's un-tradeable contract. His cap hit for the 2021 season is $34.625 million.
Jared Goff completed 21-of-27 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in a 32-18 loss to the Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Goff had a high completion percentage in this game (77.8), but wasn't able to do enough to overcome a high-powered Packers offense on Saturday. He finished the regular season throwing for just under 4,000 yards, with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Because of his inability to generate much production on the ground, Goff is nothing more than a mid-range QB2 in 2021.
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