Quarterback Jared Goff has the Detroit Lions within one win of the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance.
With Goff and the Lions preparing to play in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the host San Francisco 49ers, NFL Network reported that Detroit is expected to engage in contract extension negotiations with the quarterback during the offseason.
Per the report, the projected deal would make Goff one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league.
Goff has one year remaining on the four-year, $134 million contract extension he signed with the Los Angeles Rams in 2109 and is due to earn $26.9 million in 2024. He spent five seasons with the Rams after they made him top overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, then was traded to Detroit as part of a deal that involved fellow quarterback Matthew Stafford on March 18, 2021.
Goff, 29, recorded a career-best 67.3 completion percentage and threw for 4,575 yards with 30 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season. He is knocking on the door of making his second Super Bowl appearance, with his first coming with the Los Angeles Rams in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Feb. 3, 2019.
In a season that saw the formerly pitiful Lions finish 12-5 and win the NFC North and two subsequent postseason games, Goff has become a fan favorite in Detroit. Fans at other sporting events — including the NBA’s Pistons and NHL’s Red Wings — have taken to chanting his name.