Davis: Jared Goff, Carson Wentz Set Market Price For Quarterbacks

NFL Analyst Talks Rams QB's $134 Million Extension

Reiter Than You
September 05, 2019 - 10:39 am

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Rams quarterback Jared Goff cashed in on his most successful season in the NFL. 

Goff inked a four-year extension worth $134 million to remain with the Los Angeles Rams. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2021 season and instead of putting off negotations and waiting until next summer, General Manager Les Snead decided to take a proactive approach in order to complete the deal ahead of the 2019 season. 

The 24-year-old set a career high in passing yards (4,688), touchdowns (32) and completions (364) en route to the team's first Super Bowl appearance since 2001. Goff, the first overall pick in 2016, is the latest of the young quarterbacks to sign a lucrative deal with his respective franchise, straying away from free agency. 

NFL Analyst Charles Davis told Bill Reiter on "Reiter Than You" that he believes Goff is worth the hefty financial investment.

"He is by today's market bill," Davis said. "He has to be because this is what you’re doing with your quarterbacks now. Think about Carson Wentz, but he kind of set the market for quarterbacks when he re-signed, didn't he? So when he hit it, what did he sign for - about $32 million a year? Somewhere in that neighborhood. He, Goff and Dak Prescott are all in that same timeframe.

"Remember, Wentz and Goff are tied to the hip as 1 and 2 in the draft. Goff has taken a team to a Super Bowl, but they didn't win it. Wentz essentially took a team to the Super Bowl. Foles finished up the job and did it quite well. Some people forgot that Wentz did the heavy lifting because he got hurt in Week 14. And by the way if he plays all 16 [games>, he's going to be the MVP of the league. I hope people haven't forgotten that. That was going to happen ... Wentz was having a sensational season. So he kind of set the market there." 

The Rams locked Goff down for at least four more seasons. Wentz won't become a free agent until 2025. Where does that leave the other standout quarterback from the 2016 draft, Dak Prescott? He'll sign a deal that's nearly identical to his counterparts, according to Davis.  

"When they finally get it done, he's going to settle somewhere in those same numbers," Davis said. "Because people have to remember this about Dak, he hasn't missed a snap. He hasn't missed a start. Three straight seasons now, he's taken all 16. He and the Cowboys have won the division twice since he's been the starting quarterback. So his availability and endurability will help his negotiating table. Not to mention a whole bunch of wins on the table too."

Click the audio player below to listen to Davis' interview in its entirety.