Trading Jared Goff would trigger a cap charge of $22.2 million for the Rams in 2021, although that’s far lower than his $34.625 million cap number for next year.
The bigger challenge when trading him comes to finding his next destination. Goff has a fully-guaranteed 2021 salary in the amount of $25.325 million, a fully-guaranteed 2021 roster bonus of $2.5 million, and a fully-guaranteed 2022 roster bonus of $15.5 million. Which other team would take on that kind of financial commitment, especially when the guarantees contain no offset language?
Still, the struggles of Goff and Carson Wentz highlight the question of whether teams who find competent quarterbacks at the top of the draft should blindly extend them with big-money second contracts, the story. The story also pointed out the Bucs and Titans surely don’t regret passing on paying Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota; the Rams and Eagles surely regret giving out those massive second contracts.
Wolford is expected to start on Sunday vs. Arizona and Bortles will be the backup, according to Schefter's tweet. Jared Goff is out for Week 17 after having thumb surgery. The Rams QB situation looks like one to stay away from in Week 17.
Schefter also reports the Rams will sign Blake Bortles off the Broncos’ practice squad to return to the Rams as the backup to Wolford. Wolford showed a pretty decent arm while in the AAF, throwing for over 1,600 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games for the Arizona Hotshots under head coach Rick Neuheisel. Goff could return in the Wild Card Playoff, should the Rams get in.