Exercising fifth-year option for Jared Goff easy decision for Rams

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The Los Angeles Rams announced on Tuesday their decision to exercise the fifth-year option for Jared Goff.

As soon as the Seattle Seahawks rewarded Russell Wilson with a hefty new contract, one of the questions surrounding the Los Angeles Rams was when the same would happen to Jared Goff.

With Goff entering the final year of his rookie deal that was rightfully considered a huge steal in comparison to his production, the Rams know it’s only a matter of time before they have to address the situation with their beloved quarterback.

Even last offseason when Los Angeles was handing out extensions left and right to key players such as Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald, the Rams knew Goff’s time would come sooner rather than later, although there really wasn’t a need to rush anything.

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One of the advantages that Los Angeles knew they had over the situation is that Goff’s fifth-year option could easily be picked up, which became official on Tuesday to keep him around through the 2020 season.

Realistically, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to any Rams fan since this move is quite common for former first-round picks in the NFL to give a little extra time before the real action comes in trying to decide on the next deal.

Based off the fact that he continues to get better with experience as the previous two seasons have shown, Los Angeles would obviously love to reward Goff with a hefty contract, and keep him around for the long run, but the process is always easier said than done.

Wilson’s hefty four-year, $140 million extension sounds outrageous to even consider for a quarterback like Goff, but unfortunately for the Rams, this is what the NFL has become in recent years.

Just look at Jimmy Garoppolo last offseason when the San Francisco were willing to pay the quarterback a whopping five-year deal worth $137.5 million based off five impressive games towards the end of 2017, and it’s easy to understand why the Rams are holding off.

Eventually, Goff knows that hefty future contract is going to come into play since Los Angeles would be foolish to risk their offense taking a step back now that the team is considered one of the top contenders in the NFL.

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For now, at least exercising the fifth-year option with Goff gives the Rams a little extra time before they have to address their quarterback’s next contract since no matter what, it’s going to be expensive to keep him around.