3 reasons Jared Goff is the Lions starting quarterback

Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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Jared Goff, Detroit Lions
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3. Money talks

If the Detroit Lions had little interest in Goff as their starting quarterback, then they wouldn’t have accepted him in the trade and his remaining four-year, $106.6-million contract. It includes $43 million fully guaranteed and $25 million in base salary in 2021. That’s a big contract to inherit if you’re not planning to keep him around for a couple of years.

If the plan was to take Goff and trade him during the draft or before the 2021 season starts, the team took a very large risk and likely minimized their trade options for him based on salary cap figures alone. It just doesn’t add up.

Sure, the Lions received a third-round pick in 2021 and first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, but is that enough to take on a huge contract? I mean, at that point you’re buying future draft picks. Which, as the salary cap seems to be tight, is another huge risk if you really don’t want the player.

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To sum it up

Jared Goff is the Detriot Lions quarterback in 2021. And he might be the quarterback for a longer haul than people might expect.

If the Lions don’t invest in a young quarterback in the draft when they have the seventh overall pick and extra draft capital, they might be out of luck for a blue-chip quarterback in upcoming drafts as well. Nobody expects to have a top 10 draft pick, even when rebuilding. So, get comfortable with Goff under center in Detroit.