Carson Wentz is going to be getting more money, but unlike the Notorious B.I.G, it’s unlikely that it equates to more problems. The Philadelphia Eagles recently signed their franchise quarterback to a long-term extension that makes him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL. Enter Jared Goff.
The Carson Wentz extension is worth $128 million over four years and includes over $107 million in guaranteed money. Therefore, Wentz is under contract with Philadelphia through the 2024 season. He also is going to receive the most guaranteed money in NFL history, surpassing Russell Wilson’s recent contract.
Wentz is one of a few quarterbacks from the 2016 NFL Draft who has been longing for a new deal with his respective team. The guy who was drafted before Wentz by the Los Angeles Rams, Jared Goff, is one of the next quarterbacks set to get paid.
So what does Wentz’ extension with the Eagles mean for Goff and the Rams? It means that Goff is likely be paid in a similar fashion as Wentz and Wilson. Deservedly so.
The Rams’ signal caller has shown nothing but vast improvement over the last two seasons with Los Angeles. Of course, his rookie season was hard to watch under Jeff Fisher as his head coach. Mistakes were plentiful, but the young quarterback vowed to change the culture.
Goff had a forgettable rookie campaign in 2016 by throwing for 1,089 yards, five touchdowns, and seven interceptions in his seven starts under center. Many people quickly labeled him as a bust, but since then, that crowd has been proven wrong. Getting a coach better than Jeff Fisher was all he needed.
In 2017, Goff took a huge leap forward by airing it out for 3,804 yards, 28 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Goff’s improved play helped the Rams go 11-5 in Sean McVay’s first season as the head coach. With this in mind, Goff fulfilled his promise to right the ship for the Rams.
The duo got off to a fast start. Goff showed people a glimpse of why he was selected number one overall. Things were beginning to click for the University of California product in his second season.
After the regular season, Los Angeles played in the playoffs—a new feeling for most of the players. To put things into perspective, the playoffs eluded the Rams for 12 years, only for Goff to lead them to uncharted waters with his excellent play.
Then, the Rams’ quarterback expanded his game even more in 2018. Goff ended the season with 4,688 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, although this time around, the Rams made it all the way to the Super Bowl.
Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out for Goff and the Rams’ offense. Against the New England Patriots, the Rams fell short by scoring a mere three points on the biggest stage. The defense was able to hold Tom Brady and the Patriots to just 13 points.
That proved to be for naught, as the offense failed to do what it did in the regular season. Undoubtedly, the young quarterback will learn from his loss in the Super Bowl. Every season he has shown improvement, and it’s hard not to believe that he’ll continue this trend in 2019.
In the NFL, when you find a quarterback who can lead your team to a Super Bowl in his third season, you pay him. The Eagles wasted no time extending their franchise guy and the Rams should follow suit.
The ongoing discussion on whether Goff deserves to be paid is nonsense. The guy is 24 years old and still getting better in different areas of his game. Besides, he just took a team which was just 4-12 in 2016 to a Super Bowl in 2018.
Not many quarterbacks in the NFL can put that on their resume. For years, the Rams have been searching for a long-term solution at the quarterback position (since Marc Bulger). Since then, they’ve started Sam Bradford, Austin Davis, Nick Foles, and Case Keenum.
Now, Los Angeles has landed on Goff and can finally can say it found its answer for years to come. The extension Wentz received from Philadelphia all but guarantees a deal for the Rams’ captain on offense.