Goff would have ‘no concern’ if Lions draft a quarterback

Posted: 21/04/2022 in NFL
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Quarterback Jared Goff would have no issues with the Detroit Lions if they decide to use one of their two first-round picks (No. 2, No. 32) in the 2022 NFL Draft to find his replacement.

“I trust those guys,” Goff said Thursday of the Lions’ front office. “They’ve expressed a lot of confidence in me and feel good about where I’m at and where I’m at with them and where we’re headed. I’m excited about it. But if anything were to happen there (selecting a quarterback in the draft), no, no concern.”

Goff has three years remaining on the four-year, $134-million contract he signed as a member of the Los Angeles Rams prior to being traded to the Lions last year. The 2016 first overall pick was unlikely to be moved in 2022 because he’d cost nearly $30 million in dead money.

The 27-year-old expressed willingness to take on a mentorship role if Detroit brings in a young signal-caller.

“I’ve always liked helping younger guys. … I’m sure I would be the same guy I am,” Goff said.

Head coach Dan Campbell may have hinted at the Lions’ draft strategy earlier in April, saying that an elite signal-caller is nice, but not necessary for “sustained success.”

The Lions are expected to hold onto Goff as a potential bridge to a long-term solution at the position. The NFC North club could decide to part ways with the veteran passer after next season, when his dead-money value will be around $10 million and a release or trade would create $20.6 million in cap space, according to Over the Cap.

The California native led the Lions to a 3-10-1 record in 14 games last season. Goff passed for 3,245 yards and 19 touchdowns with a 67.2% completion percentage.

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