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LA Rams exercise 5th-year contract option on QB Jared Goff

Tue Apr 23 3:36pm ET
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

Players: Jared Goff

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams have exercised their fifth-year contract option on quarterback Jared Goff for the 2020 season.

Rams general manager Les Snead announced the long-anticipated move Tuesday. He also affirmed the NFC champions' plan to sign Goff to a long-term contract.

Goff will make $22.783 million in 2020. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft has grown into one of the NFL's most prolific passers during coach Sean McVay's two years in charge of the Rams.

Goff was fourth in the NFL last season with 4,688 yards passing, along with 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He led the Rams to their first NFC championship in 17 years, but went 19 of 38 for 229 yards in a mediocre Super Bowl.

Player Notes
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Miles Sanders May 28 1:20pm ET

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Nick Kwiatkoski May 28 12:30pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski started eight games last season for the Bears before signing a three-year, $21 million deal with the Raiders this offseason to become a full-time starter. A fourth-round pick in 2016, Kwiatkoski played a bit role his first three years, but the 27-year-old showed off his abilities when he was granted more playing time in 2019 due to injuries to the position. He had 76 tackles (eight for loss), three sacks, one forced fumble and an interception while impressing as a blitzer, against the run and in coverage. Kwiatkoski will be asked to be the leader of Las Vegas' linebacking corps in 2020, and it's something he's very comfortable with. The middle of the Raiders defense has been a problem spot for a while, so they're hoping Kwiatkoski's addition will change that.

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Dak Prescott May 27 10:43pm ET

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Derek Carr May 27 10:33pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr was 72.3 percent accurate on his throws in the fourth quarter of games in 2019 - the best such mark of any qualified quarterback last season.

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Jadeveon Clowney May 27 10:10pm ET

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Will Fuller May 27 9:53pm ET

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Golden Tate May 27 9:33pm ET

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Baker Mayfield May 27 7:33pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield said he has been working on a change to his footwork that offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt asked him to try out. He said he is getting more comfortable with the new footwork.

Fantasy Spin: Mayfield is coming off a disappointing 2019 season but will still have a lot of weapons to work with in the passing game. Fantasy players should consider Mayfield a No. 2 quarterback at this point, but he has a chance to be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback if he improves his play.

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Baker Mayfield May 27 7:30pm ET

Coming off a rocky second season in the NFL, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is taking a different approach heading into the 2020 season. "It's just time to work, do our thing, instead of talking about it," Mayfield said Wednesday. "This is the first media thing I've done, just because there's no need to be talking about it." Mayfield has been outspoken in his first two years, but he ranked second in the league with 21 interceptions last season. He's trying to let his play do the talking from now on. The signal-caller thinks he can improve in Kevin Stefanski's multiple-tight end, play-action-heavy offense this year. He has plenty of weapons around him to turn it around in 2020, and he'll have QB1 upside at a QB2 price.

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Lamar Jackson May 27 7:03pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Jackson had an outstanding season in 2019 and will continue to be a factor with his arm and legs. He probably will be one of the first quarterback taken in drafts and will be a must-start option in all leagues.

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Braxton Berrios May 27 6:23pm ET

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