While most of the focus on Saturday’s big NFL trade was focused on Matthew Stafford joining the Los Angeles Rams, the Detroit Lions were still getting a former first-round draft pick as well, one who played in the Super Bowl as recently as two years ago.
Jared Goff is headed to Detroit after spending his first five seasons in Los Angeles.
“I’m just excited to be somewhere that I know wants me and appreciates me,” he told NFL Network’s Michael Silver.
Goff’s comments are somewhat brow-raising. The 26-year-old seems to insinuate that things were not all that warm between him and the Rams, despite the four-year, $134 million extension he received before the 2019 season.
Goff went 44-23 as the starting quarterback in Los Angeles, earning two Pro Bowl trips and an NFC Championship in 2018.
His 2018 season was his best, throwing for a career-high 4,688 yards and completing 64.9 percent of his passes while tossing 32 touchdowns to 12 interceptions.
Since then, Goff has seemed to a step back.
In 2019, while he still threw for 4,600-plus yards, he threw just 22 touchdowns to 16 interceptions as the Rams missed the playoffs at 9-7.
This past season, Goff was again inconsistent, throwing for 3,952 yards and 20 touchdowns to 13 interceptions in 15 games started, with the Rams being eliminated by the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round.
With the Lions, Goff is looking forward to a fresh start.
“I’m moving forward and couldn’t be more excited to build a winner [in Detroit],” Goff said. “I’m excited about Dan [Campbell] and the whole staff.”