Lions Lock Up Jared Goff With $212 Million Contract Extension

Goff will be the second highest paid quarterback on a per-year basis.
Jan 28, 2024; Santa Clara, California, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) gestures to
Jan 28, 2024; Santa Clara, California, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) gestures to / Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Goff led the Detroit Lions to their first two playoff wins in 32 years back in January, now the franchise is ensuring he won't be leaving any time soon. On Monday, the Lions locked up another key to their offense, handing Goff a four-year, $212 million contract extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Goff's new deal will make him the NFL's second highest-paid quarterback on a per-year basis. His deal will average $53 million per season, trailing only Joe Burrow ($55 million), and ahead of Justin Herbert ($52.5 million), Lamar Jackson ($52 million) and Jalen Hurts ($51 million). It will effectively set the market for the league's next round of quarterback contracts.

The Lions landed Goff via trade back in March of 2021. He arrived along with first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, plus a third-rounder in 2021, in exchange for sending Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams. Goff was largely considered a stop-gap until Detroit found a franchise quarterback, but took over and thrived in the role.

In 2023, Goff completed a career-best 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,575 yards, with 30 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He boasted a passer rating of 97.9 and a QBR of 60.3. He finished second the NFL in yards, was fourth in touchdown passes, and among regular starters, was fifth in completion percentage, seventh in passer rating and 10th in QBR.

Goff's new deal is a massive investment that follows the twin four-year extensions they gave top receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and offensive tackle Penei Sewell back in April. St. Brown's was worth $120 million, while Sewell received $112 million.

The Lions are locking up their offensive core as they attempt to build on their success under head coach Dan Campbell.

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