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Rams exercise QB Goff's fifth-year option

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) runs off the field after being defeated by the New England Patriots Feb. 3, 2019, in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Brett Davis / USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams exercised quarterback Jared Goff's fifth-year option on Tuesday, putting him under contract through 2020.

The option, which is guaranteed only for injury, will pay Goff an estimated $22.8 million. He is set to make $4.3 million in base salary in 2019, part of a rookie contract worth $27.9 million over the first four seasons.

Goff, 24, has been named to two Pro Bowls in two seasons since the arrival of head coach Sean McVay, throwing for 8,492 yards, 60 touchdowns and 19 interceptions over that span. He helped the Rams reach Super Bowl LIII in February, but struggled as Los Angeles fell 13-3 to the New England Patriots.

Now through three NFL seasons, Goff is eligible for an extension, and the Rams have previously been aggressive about locking up their draft picks well before they approach free agency.

Goff told reporters over the weekend that a new contract is "not on my mind at all."

"I know the deal and understand that I hired an agent for that reason, and things always work out," Goff said. "You continue to play well, it will work itself out."

The Rams traded up 14 spots to take Goff first overall, one ahead of North Dakota State's Carson Wentz (Philadelphia), in 2016. Goff is 24-7 as a starter over the last two years after going 0-7 with 1,089 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions as a rookie.

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