Goff agreed Friday to restructure his contract with the Rams by converting approximately $8.8 million of his $10 million base salary into future bonuses, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. The restructuring is expected to save the Rams $7 million against the salary cap while having no impact on Goff's overall compensation, so it's a win-win move for both sides. The savings should come in handy for Los Angeles as it looks to potentially extend the likes of Jalen Ramsey and Cooper Kupp, who are both entering the final years of their rookie deals.
Goff will be working without running back Todd Gurley and wide receiver Brandin Cooks in 2020, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. The Rams released Gurley -- who eventually signed with the Falcons -- and traded Cooks to the Texans this offseason. Out of the backfield, Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson (ankle) should serve as Options 1A and 1B in some order. Meanwhile, barring another transaction this offseason, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds will be the team's wideout trio, while Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett handle tight-end duties. Goff himself has put up at least 4,600 passing yards both of the past two seasons while compiling a 54:28 TD:INT during that stretch. No matter how the skill positions look in the fall, Goff figures to succeed in an offense put together by coach Sean McVay.
Goff completed 29 of 45 pass attempts for 319 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 31-24 win against the Cardinals. The 2016 No. 1 overall draft choice struggled with giveaways as his 22:16 TD:INT paled in comparison to the 32:12 mark he established last season, but Goff still proved capable of exceeding 4,600 passing yards for a second consecutive campaign. Though sitting home during the postseason is undeniably a disappointing result for the reigning NFC champions, Los Angeles still managed to finish as a winning team for a third straight year, while Goff's record as a starter under coach Sean McVay grew to 35-16 in the wake of a miserable 0-7 rookie campaign under Jeff Fisher. With McVay still in place and a cast of explosive playmakers at his disposal, Goff seems poised for another solid year in 2020. The main concern is Los Angeles' offensive line; the Rams' front ranked second best in the NFL with just 1.4 sacks surrendered per game, but the contracts of starters Andrew Whitworth and Austin Blythe will expire over the upcoming offseason.
Goff completed 27 of 46 passes for 323 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Rams' 34-31 loss to the 49ers on Saturday. He also rushed four times for 12 yards. Goff and the Rams gave everything they had in an effort to stave off elimination from the playoffs, but despite a strong performance from the fourth-year quarterback, Los Angeles ultimately came up short. Goff connected with Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp from 10 and 22 yards out in the first and third quarters, respectively, for his pair of passing scores, and he also spearheaded an eight-play, 41-yard drive late in the fourth quarter that included clutch completions to Cooks and Tyler Higbee and culminated in a Greg Zuerlein game-tying 52-yard field goal. While the Rams' defense ultimately failed to prevent the 49ers' game-winning march, Goff's fantasy managers certainly benefited from his fifth 300-yard effort of the season. Now officially eliminated from the postseason a year after serving as the NFC representative in the Super Bowl, Goff and the Rams will nevertheless try to close out the season on a positive note against the Cardinals in Week 17.
Goff (thumb) doesn't have a designation for Saturday's contest in San Francisco, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports. The Rams added Goff to the injury report Wednesday with a bruised thumb on his throwing hand, but the quarterback handled every rep placed in front of him in the last two practices of Week 16 prep. With Gerald Everett (knee) back in the fold for the first time since Week 12, Goff will have his full allotment of weapons available against a 49ers defense that has given up a 12:1 TD:INT to quarterbacks over the last six games.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/04||New York Giants||29||23.88|
|6||10/19||@San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|11||11/24||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||22.13|
|12||11/29||San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|14||12/11||New England Patriots||1||11.06|
|15||12/20||New York Jets||17||19.13|
|3 Year Avg||63.2||4377||27||12||66||2||325|