Detroit Lions sticking with Jared Goff means big changes are necessary

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The Detroit Lions are heading into the summer of 2022 without drafting a quarterback. The NFL Draft has come and gone; the team reloaded their offense and defense but did not address the quarterback position.

It was quarterback Malik Willis who the Detroit Lions were seemingly in on but opted to make their selections in other areas. This implies that the team will rock with quarterback Jared Goff for the time being.

Goff is under contract for three more seasons with the Lions, carrying a $30.65 million and $31.65 million cap hit in 2023 and 2024. This upcoming 2022 season with the Lions nets him $31.15 million, with the potential for the Lions to cut things off after.

The way things are structured, there’s a potential out after 2022, which leaves around $10 million in dead cap. There’s more to it, but it seems that the Lions will rock with Goff for the time being, seeing where it takes them.

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff is the stopgap, not the answer.

The Lions acquired Goff as a part of the blockbuster trade that sent Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams. While Stafford got the glory of showing the league what he can really be and won his first Super Bowl, Goff is still looking to prove people wrong.

After a rough loss to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, things got rough for Goff as he continued to try to prove himself and prove he could be the face of a franchise. The Rams opted to move on and pursue Stafford.

That brought Goff back to the Lions, and he is still working to show he can be that guy. But with injuries and struggles holding him back, it was a tough road for Goff. It has not been the performance that the Lions were hoping for.

But, Goff is going to get another chance in 2022 to show his stuff. He needs to make changes. With more weapons at his disposal, hopefully. Utilizing signee D.J. Chark to his advantage and freshly added draft pick Jameson Williams will be necessary for the Lions organization.

Amon-Ra St. Brown proved to be one of the Lions’ best receiver options in 2021; Goff needs to capitalize on this in 2022 again. There are a lot of things that Goff can improve; with more tools available in the offense, the Lions are going to keep their faith in Goff.

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It’s the right call, but things could change. For now, the Lions will rock with Goff as “their guy” for the 2022 season.