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Rams' Jared Goff Open to Restructuring Contract to Help Free Up Salary-Cap Space

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIApril 15, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 29:  Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams walks off the field after defeating the Arizona Cardinals 31-24 in a game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff signed a four-year, $134 million extension last September that guaranteed him an NFL-record $110 million.

However, the 2016 No. 1 overall pick told reporters during a Wednesday Zoom call that he's open to a team-friendly restructure:

Omar Ruiz @OmarDRuiz

Jared Goff said he’d be open to a contract restructuring to free up some salary cap space, says it’s a better question for Rams COO Kevin Demoff & Goff’s agent, but “I don’t see why not.”

Per Spotrac, the Rams are $6.2 million over the cap, last in the NFL.

Goff carries a $36 million cap hit in 2020. The Rams are also burdened with $20.15 million in dead cap money after releasing All-Pro running back Todd Gurley on March 19.

Goff addressed Gurley's release as well as the Rams' trade of receiver Brandin Cooks on Wednesday:

Omar Ruiz @OmarDRuiz

On Gurley & Cooks leaving the Rams, Jared Goff said he understands it’s part of the business but extremely difficult to see friends leave.

Omar Ruiz @OmarDRuiz

Jared Goff said the easiest way to say how the Rams offense will look different in 2020 is that the plays tailored for what Gurley and Cooks like to do might not be there anymore.

L.A. dealt Cooks to the Houston Texans for a second-round pick in this year's draft and 2022 fourth-rounder earlier this month.

Warren Sharp @SharpFootball

The Rams are spending $74M so they can have Jared Goff & not have Todd Gurley & Brandin Cooks on their roster. They're eating $38M in dead cap between Gurley ($20.2M) & Cooks ($17.8M). And they are spending a $36M cap hit on Goff (#1 most in NFL).

Warren Sharp @SharpFootball

Spring 2018: Rams signed Todd Gurley & Brandin Cooks to mega deals w combined $94M g'teed Those 2 players combined for 26 TDs (47% of team total) & 3,035 yards (38% of team total) & the 2018 Rams made the Super Bowl. Spring 2020: Rams dumped both players & ate ~$40M in dead cap

The Rams had a disappointing 2019 after lighting the league on fire in 2018 with a 13-3 regular-season record before losing Super Bowl LIII to the New England Patriots.

Goff saw an individual drop-off as well. 

In 2018, he had 4,688 yards, 32 touchdowns and 12 picks before signing his record-breaking extension. The 25-year-old then threw for 4,638 yards, 22 touchdowns and a career-high 16 interceptions on a league-leading 626 passing attempts last season.

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