Quarterback Jared Goff says he is ready to move on after a blockbuster deal that got him from the Los Angeles Rams to the Detroit Lions.
“As a quarterback, as the guy who is arguably the most important position on the field, when you’re in a place you don’t want and who wants to get away from you, the feeling is mutual,” said Goff told the Los Angeles Times. “You don’t want to be in the wrong place. It became increasingly clear that this was the case.”
On Saturday, the Rams traded Goff along with two picks for the first round and one picks for the third round against quarterback Matthew Stafford for the Lions.
Number 1 on the 2016 NFL draft, Goff told the Los Angeles Times he wasn’t sure when the Rams decided not to be part of their future.
“That’s the hard part right now, figuring this out, when did that happen?” Said Goff. “These are all conversations I can or cannot have, and I’m trying to figure it out. This is the conversation I have to have.”
Goff on Wednesday posted a message on social media I thank the City of Los Angeles and the Rams.
“This city has shaped the man I have become and I will forever be grateful to the Kroenke family, my coaches, the support staff and especially my teammates for competing and fighting with me every Sunday – I have Memories sparked with each of you in this locker room that I will cherish for the rest of my life, “wrote Goff.
“… With that said, I couldn’t be more excited about this next chapter and ready to take on this new opportunity that lies ahead of me. Detroit, here I come.”
Thank you LA. pic.twitter.com/rkOJUpxA2T
– Jared Goff (@ JaredGoff16) February 3, 2021
After losing to the Green Bay Packers in a playoff game at the end of the season, Rams coach Sean McVay was asked if Goff was the quarterback. “Yeah, he’s our quarterback right now,” said McVay.
Ten days later, during a video conference call, Rams general manager Les Snead would not commit to Goff’s long-term future with the team and tell reporters, “Jared Goff is a Ram right now. So what’s the date? Jan 26th.”
Neither the Rams nor the Lions can comment publicly on the deal until it is official at the start of the new league year on March 17th.
Following McVay’s arrival in 2017, Goff led the Rams to consecutive division titles, an NFC championship, a Super Bowl LIII appearance, and received two Pro Bowl recognition.
Ahead of the 2019 season, Goff signed a four-year $ 134 million renewal that guaranteed $ 110 million.
However, the offensive receded in 2019 and continued its downward trend last season despite a 6-6 finish and a wildcard playoff win. Goff finished his final season in LA, going for 3,952 yards and 20 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.
In four seasons with McVay, Goff racked up 42 wins, linked to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and second place during that time after Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
But since 2019, Goff has been in second place in the NFL with 38 sales.
After the deal, Goff said he had overcome an initial sense of disappointment and was excited after contacting Lions staff, which included general manager Brad Holmes, the former head of college scouting for the Rams who had a voice in Goff’s design.
“You are starting to feel, I don’t want to say that ‘relief’ is the word, but you feel happy, grateful and ready for a new opportunity,” said Goff. “That is the greatest feeling that overwhelmed me that night and even the days that followed.”
After playing five seasons in LA, Goff said he wouldn’t let a disappointing ending tarnish his lasting memories.
“Obviously the ending wasn’t cheap and not fun,” said Goff. “But they made me number 1 overall and brought me to a city that hasn’t had a football team for a long time. They are part of this post-2016 reorganization and can help bring football back to the fore in LA. ” Things i’m very proud of. I will always remember that. “