it has been three days since Jared Goff packed his bags and bid adieu to the Los Angeles Rams dressing room, and now the quarterback has opened up in detail about his arrival at Detroit Lions and how it has impacted both him and his former franchise.
A 2016 first-round draft pick, Jared Goff was traded away from the Rams in a deal involving Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, in addition to two first-round picks and a third-round pick.
Goff’s 2020 season ended in the divisional round against the Green Bay Packers on 16th January, sustaining a 32-18 upset, with the QB finishing the game by completing 21 of 27 passes for 174 yards and a single passing touchdown.
“Jared Goff is a Ram right now. So, what’s the date? Jan 26,” Rams general manager Les Snead had uttered a week after the Packers defeat.
Happy, grateful, ready for a new opportunity: Jared Goff shows optimism about his move to Lions
In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Goff elaborated on how LA was becoming a place where he was “not wanted” by his team anymore, nor that he wanted to remain with them himself.
“As the quarterback, as the guy that’s at arguably the most important position on the field,” said Goff, “if you’re in a place that you’re not wanted and they want to move on from you, the feeling’s mutual. You don’t want to be in the wrong place. It became increasingly clear that was the case.”
However, with the current NFL season almost reaching conclusion with the Super Bowl LV, the trade is yet to be official until 17th March, which will mark the start of the next league year.
“That’s the tough part right now is trying to figure that out, when did that happen?” the 26-year-old went on, “Those are all conversations that I may or may not have, and try to figure it out. That’s the conversation to have.”
“You start to feel, I don’t want to say ‘relief’ is the word, but you start to feel happy, grateful, ready for a new opportunity. That’s the biggest feeling that I was overcome with that night, and even in the days following,” Goff acknowledged.