The Los Angeles Rams have a big upcoming decision to make this offseason: stand pat at quarterback with Jared Goff, or look for an upgrade.
Goff is coming off an up-and-down 2020 season, though he showed some toughness with an admirable performance in the NFC Divisional Round despite a broken thumb on his throwing hand.
Goff tossed 25 touchdowns against 13 interceptions this season but played inconsistently. Five years into his career, his struggles to read defenses, pre- and post-snap, have limited his growth, and there are rumblings of a rift with Rams head coach Sean McVay. Of course, Goff also helped lead the team to a Super Bowl appearance not too long ago.
L.A. — armed with a talented receiving corps and maybe the best defense in football — could look to deal Goff and change it up at quarterback. However, the 26-year-old — whom the Rams selected with the No. 1 overall pick in 2016 — could be tricky to move, as his four-year, $134 million contract doesn’t kick in until 2021.
On Tuesday, Rams general manager Les Snead did not exactly guarantee Goff’s future will be in Inglewood. In fact, he was decidedly noncommittal when asked about his current QB1:
“Jared Goff is a Ram at this moment,” Snead told reporters, via NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz.
Snead added that it’s too early to discuss scenarios that might cause Goff to be under center for another franchise next season.
Per ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, Snead reiterated that Goff is “a Ram right now … January 26.” The priority is to improve the team’s offense:
“He’s No. 2 in wins since he and [head coach Sean McVay] have partnered together,” Snead added, via Greg Beacham of the AP. “That’s been a heckuva partnership. What I do think is the real thing that should come out of this is, hey, we want to be a better offense. And that includes Jared.”
The 2021 offseason poises to be an unprecedented spring for QB movement around the league:
The list below doesn’t include other free-agent-to-be QBs such as Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor and Jacoby Brissett, amongst others. https://t.co/liHsG0QlV3
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 25, 2021
If Aaron Rodgers, 37, chooses to force his way out of Green Bay, the Rams — with a Super Bowl-caliber roster — are sure to be one of the logical landing spots for the California native.