Lions, QB Jared Goff have engaged in contract extension talks


Following another successful season in Detroit, there was optimism that the Lions and Jared Goff would agree to an extension this offseason. 

While it’s been relatively quiet on that front over the past few months, it sounds like the two sides have privately started negotiations. The quarterback told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he’s discussed a new deal with the organization.

“You never want to like say something,” Goff said Tuesday. “There’s discussions and Brad (Holmes) has said what he’s said to you guys and I’ll say the same thing. There’s been discussions. Yeah, my agent’s on top of it, he’s doing a good job and I trust those guys.”

After being replaced in Los Angeles and winning only three games during his first season in Detroit, Goff revived his career in 2022, tossing 29 touchdowns while guiding the Lions to a winning season. The team took another step forward in 2023, with Goff helping lead the squad to a 12-win regular season and an NFC Championship game appearance.

As a result of Goff’s standout performance, the quarterback is expected to earn a lucrative extension. Back in January, Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports estimated that Goff would earn an average annual value that was at $40M-plus. While the quarterback could push for a deal that pays more than $50M per year via the open market, it sounds like he could give the Lions a slight discount in order to stick around Detroit.

“It’s been amazing, man,” Goff said. “I love it here and would love to be here for a long time. It’s been really special like I mentioned playing in front of these fans and being able to provide a winning culture in the last year and a half or so. To see them experience that and be able to be a part of that has been fun but by no means are we satisfied or happy to be here or any of that. It’s about what’s next now.”

Goff has one year remaining on his contract and is set to earn more than $27M in 2024. He’s still playing out the four-year, $134M extension he signed with the Rams back in 2019.

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