When the Detroit Lions traded Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff and a trio of draft picks, the hope was that a fresh start would be enough for Goff to finally play up to the expectations he once had as the No. 1 overall pick.
Unfortunately, Goff got off to a very rough start with the Lions and though he did finish the season much better than he started, it is pretty obvious to most that he is not Detroit’s long-term QB of the future.
As it stands, Goff will almost certainly be the Lions starting QB in 2022 as it would not be a good move in terms of the salary cap to cut him.
That being said, what happens if a team is desperate for a starting quarterback and they believe they could trade for Goff.
In a recent article published on ESPN.com, Bill Barnwell suggests that if Tom Brady decides to retire, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may look at trading for Goff as the “best option available at a reasonable price.”
A less expensive option from the top of the 2016 draft would be Goff, who had an uneven season after being unceremoniously jettisoned to Detroit in the Matthew Stafford trade. Goff’s final numbers — a 67.2% completion percentage, 19 touchdown passes, eight interceptions — look fine, but he averaged just 6.6 yards per attempt and posted a Total QBR of 39.7, right between Taylor Heinicke and Davis Mills.
Goff is realistically more of a reclamation project than a plug-and-play starter at this point. It’s clear he has his limitations, but he also has size and a good arm. When he is playing confidently and has the right players around him, he can produce spectacular numbers, as we saw during his best days with the Rams. Goff is not going to excite Bucs fans, but he might be the best option available at a reasonable price.
Nation, would you be in favor of the Lions trading Jared Goff to the Buccaneers? If so, what kind of compensation do you think the Lions could get?