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Report: Rams exploring Jared Goff trade options, could have open competition at camp

The Rams have begun “exploratory talks” about trading Jared Goff, per a report. If that doesn’t happen, we could see an open competition in training camp.

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Quarterback Jared Goff #16 along with quarterback John Wolford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams walk off the field as the New York Jets defeated the Los Angeles Rams 23-20 during a NFL football game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sunday, December 20, 2020. Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams have an important offseason ahead of them that will revolve around the quarterback position. The team signed Jared Goff to a nine figure extension in 2019, but even as Goff just now enters the first year of the extension years, the Rams are considering a change.

Friday brought a report the Rams and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford have mutual interest. Stafford remains under contract with Detroit, but both sides have agreed to a parting of the ways. There will be numerous teams interested, but the Rams are the first reported team.

However, even if a Stafford deal does not happen, the Rams appear to be considering other options. The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue is reporting the team has begun “exploratory talks” with other teams about Goff. If the team trades Goff before June 1st, they would save $12,750,000 in cap space and carry $22,200,000 in dead money. If they traded him after June 1st, they’d save $28,150,000 in cap space.

They could also keep Goff and have him compete with John Wolford. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport is reporting there would be an open competition in training camp if a trade does not happen.

Suffice to say, this is a developing situation and we’ll hear plenty of rumors between now and the start of the new league year in March when trades can be formally executed.