Jared Goff celebrates during the Lions' wild-card playoff win over the Rams.

Lions QB Jared Goff: ‘More fired up than ever’

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff made his goals clear on Thursday, the day the team announced his signing to a contract extension through the 2028 season.

“I’m more driven and more fired up than ever to go even harder and put the pedal to the metal even more to bring a Super Bowl to the city and that’s what’s most important,” Goff said.

The team didn’t disclose financial terms, but multiple outlets reported the four-year extension was for $212 million with $170 million guaranteed.

Goff, acquired in the 2021 trade that sent veteran QB Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams, is entering his fourth season as the starter in Detroit. In 48 regular season games with the Lions, he has completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 12,258 yards with 78 touchdowns and 27 interceptions — resulting in a 96.5 passer rating.

Among NFL QBs last season, he was first in passing first downs (227), second in passing yards (4,575), second in 20-yard completions (69) and tied for third in 300-yard games (five).

Detroit finished 12-5 last season and won its first division title in 30 years. The Lions posted playoff victories over the Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and held a 24-7 halftime lead before falling 34-31 to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

The Rams selected Goff with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Goff’s reported $53 million annual average value ranks second in the NFL behind Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who has a $55 million AAV. Burrow signed a five-year, $275 million deal last September.

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Lions quarterback Jared Goff talks to center Frank Ragnow before a snap against 49ers during the first half of the NFC championship game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024.

Reports: Lions award Jared Goff four-year, $212M extension

The Detroit Lions and Jared Goff have agreed to a four-year, $212 million contract extension with $170 million guaranteed, ESPN and NFL Network reported Monday.

Goff, 29, was entering the final year of a contract he signed with the Rams before the 2021 trade that sent Goff to Detroit and Matthew Stafford to Los Angeles.

Goff’s reported $53 million annual average value would rank second in the NFL behind Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who has a $55 million AAV. Burrow signed a five-year, $275 million deal last September.

After Goff took the Lions to their first playoff appearance since 2016 and their first division title since 1993, general manager Brad Holmes said the quarterback had “earned an extension” and negotiations were ongoing.

Detroit worked out new deals for offensive tackle Penei Sewell and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown last month.

Goff completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,575 yards and 30 touchdowns against 12 interceptions last season while leading Detroit to its first division title since 1993 and its first two playoff wins since the 1991 season.

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Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell talks to the media at the 2024 NFL Combine at Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Dan Campbell to miss Lions’ rookie minicamp

The Detroit Lions will hold rookie minicamp this weekend without coach Dan Campbell, who is away from the team for unspecified personal reasons.

Campbell is expected to return to the team later this month, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday. The next scheduled event is May 21-23 with organized team activity practices.

The team’s draft picks, undrafted free agents and tryout players are among those at the three-day camp in Allen Park, Mich.

The Lions had six picks in last month’s NFL draft, headlined by a pair of cornerbacks — first-round selection Terrion Arnold (Alabama) and second-rounder Ennis Rakestraw Jr. (Missouri).

The team also has brought in 15 undrafted free agents.

The Lions finished the 2023 season with a 12-5 record and won the NFC North. Detroit reached the conference title game but lost, 34-31, to the San Francisco 49ers.

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Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) talks with head coach Dan Campbell (right) before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Lions GM: QB Jared Goff ‘earned’ extension, a high priority

Lions general manager Brad Holmes continues checking off priorities in Detroit, and a long-term extension for quarterback Jared Goff is rising to the top of the list.

“He’s earned an extension,” Holmes said in a radio interview with 97.1 The Ticket. “It’s important. It’s a high priority for us. Both sides are working really, really hard. These things just take time.”

Closing in on the final season of a four-year, $134 million contract Goff signed before he was traded to Detroit in the QB swap that sent Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams, an extension has been in the works for months.

Holmes hoped to simultaneously share big contract news on Goff last month when the Lions struck new deals with offensive tackle Penei Sewell and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown.

“In a perfect world, we would’ve had all three of them done. Bang, bang, bang,” Holmes said. “But these things just kind of take a while. Especially with the quarterback market. But I do have faith that it’s going to get done.”

Talks with Goff’s agent, Ryan Tollner, took a back seat during the NFL draft. Holmes didn’t select a quarterback among the Lions’ six picks but did draft Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker in the third round in 2023. Goff turns 30 in October.

A former No. 1 overall pick, Goff averaged $33.5 million annually on his existing contract while the market has exploded since massive deals last offseason raised the bar beyond $50 million per season.

The top-paid quarterback in terms of average pay per season is Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals at $55 million. He has $1.01 million more in guaranteed salary than the Los Angeles Chargers gave Justin Herbert, whose AAV is $52.5 million, in the same neighborhood but just ahead of Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles) and Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens).

“We’ve done a lot of work. Again, both sides have. We’ve done a lot of work, dialogue’s been consistent,” Holmes said of how close the sides might be to a contract.

“There hasn’t been just dead periods and all that stuff. We’ve been talking. Again, I do have faith looking at all the numbers. You gotta think about what can we do now, and what are the impacts on the future, as well. And we look at all of it, because we said all along, when (coach) Dan (Campbell) and I first got here, we’re looking to build sustained success, and that’s still the goal.”

Goff completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,575 yards and 30 touchdowns last season while leading Detroit to its first division title since 1993 and its first two playoff wins since the 1991 season.

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Lions safety C.J. Moore runs back a fake punt against the Vikings during the second half of the Lions' 34-23 win over the Vikings on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, at Ford Field.

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Report: Reinstated S C.J. Moore agrees to deal with Lions

Safety C.J. Moore is returning to the Detroit Lions after serving a one-season suspension for violating the NFL’s gambling policy, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The deal is for one year, but financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The Lions signed Moore as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and he played in 56 games (one start) for Detroit. He took part in at least 68 percent of the Lions’ special teams snaps in each of his four seasons with the team and contributed 48 tackles, two passes defensed, an interception and a fumble recovery.

The Lions released Moore, 28, in April 2023 after he was one of five NFL players — including four Lions — to receive suspensions for gambling violations. Wide receiver Quintez Cephus, who like Moore served a season-long ban, signed recently with the Buffalo Bills after his reinstatement.

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown celebrates the 31-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC divisional round at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024.

Report: Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown gets $120M extension

The Detroit Lions have agreed to a four-year, $120 million extension with All-Pro wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

The deal runs through 2028 and reportedly includes $77 million guaranteed, supplanting Cooper Kupp’s $75 million as the highest total among NFL wideouts.

With an average annual value of $30 million per season, St. Brown would trail only Miami Dolphins star Tyreek Hill’s annual compensation of $31.3 million, according to Spotrac.

A fourth-round pick in 2021, St. Brown had been scheduled to earn $3.366 million in base salary in the final year of his rookie contract in 2024.

St. Brown, 24, caught 119 passes for 1,515 yards and 10 touchdowns in 16 starts in 2023, adding 22 receptions for 274 yards and one score in three postseason games.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection’s career totals include 315 catches for 3,588 yards and 21 TDs in 49 games (41 starts).

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Oct 9, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; A general overall view of Wilson official NFL Duke footballs on display at Tottenham Hogspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former Bears, Colts GM Bill Tobin dies at 83

Longtime NFL executive Bill Tobin, a former general manager of the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts, has died at the age of 83.

He later worked as a scout from 2003-22 for the Cincinnati Bengals, who announced Tobin’s passing on Friday.

“He was a true NFL success story,” Bengals president Mike Brown said. “He was a good person and I considered him a good friend. With Bill, I respected everything he said. I just took it as a given. He had an eye for players and what they would develop into. If he said the guy was a good player, then he was a good player; that’s all I would need to know. We will miss him.”

Tobin served as GM of the Bears from 1987-92 and held the same role with the Colts from 1994-96. He was the Detroit Lions’ director of player personnel from 2001-02.

“Rest in peace, Bill Tobin, our GM from ’94-96,” Colts owner Jim Irsay wrote on Twitter. “Bill was a tough, old-time football man, starting as a player in the old AFL. He lived a magical life associated with the game he loved, and our league will miss him. My love and prayers for Bill’s family.”

During his 27 years in NFL front offices with Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit, Tobin’s teams drafted eight future Hall of Famers, according to the Bengals’ news release. That includes two Colts’ first-rounders, running back Marshall Faulk in 1994 and receiver Marvin Harrison in 1996.

Tobin’s son, Duke, has been the Bengals’ director of player personnel since 1999.

Tobin’s brother, Vince, was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 1996-2000.

Bill Tobin was a running back at Missouri and was drafted in the 14th round by the San Francisco 49ers in 1963. He played in 10 games (eight starts) with the Houston Oilers in 1963, rushing for 271 yards and four touchdowns and catching 13 passes for 173 yards and one score.

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Dec 24, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) celebrates after running back Jahmyr Gibbs (26) runs for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Lions QB Jared Goff talks contract, determined to stay in Detroit

Lions quarterback Jared Goff embraced helping steer the forever underdog Detroit franchise out of the doldrums and deep into the playoffs last season.

But the future isn’t certain for Goff, who has one year remaining on the four-year, $134 million contract extension he signed with the Los Angeles Rams in 2109. Goff is due $27.3 million in 2024.

“I love it here and I want to be here a long time,” Goff said Tuesday during media availability at voluntary offseason workouts. “It’s been really special playing in front of these fans. Being able to provide a winning culture over the last year and a half or so. See them experience that and be a part of that has been fun, but by no means are we satisfied.”

Goff recorded a career-best 67.3 completion percentage and threw for 4,575 yards (No. 2 in the NFL) with 30 touchdowns (fourth in the league) and 12 interceptions this season. He is knocking on the door of making his second Super Bowl appearance, with his first coming with the Los Angeles Rams in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Feb. 3, 2019.

While he’s reached cult status in Detroit, Goff didn’t disclose the context of contractual negotiations he said are taking place with the Lions’ front office. Barring injury or a shocking transaction this month, Goff knows he’ll have at least one more season with the Lions.

“I’ve had a ton of fun winning in this city, winning for these fans,” Goff said.

Goff spent five seasons with the Rams after they made him top overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, then was traded to Detroit as part of a deal that involved fellow quarterback Matthew Stafford on March 18, 2021.

Head coach Dan Campbell defended Goff and the perception he wasn’t the quality of quarterback capable of winning the Super Bowl, especially from fans pinning the NFC Championship game loss to the 49ers in January on the quarterback. The Lions coughed up a three-score lead and became the first team to lose a conference championship after leading by 17-plus points at halftime (previously 21-0).

Campbell said this offseason he wanted Goff and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown to be “priority” when it comes to contract extensions.

“Those are certainly priorities,” he said last month.

Goff turns 30 in October and could be a measuring stick used for other contract negotiations, including the case of Cowboys soon-to-be-free-agent Dak Prescott. He’s in the final year of a four-year, $160 million deal in Dallas.

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Detroit Lions' Craig Reynolds runs into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown during the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC divisional round playoff game at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024. Right tackle Penei Sewell (58) celebrates.

Lions re-sign RB Craig Reynolds, two others

The Detroit Lions re-signed running back Craig Reynolds, linebacker James Houston and guard Kayode Awosika to exclusive rights contracts on Monday.

Reynolds, 27, rushed for 179 yards and a touchdown in 17 regular-season games with the Lions in 2023, adding five catches for 47 yards. He added a 1-yard TD run in the divisional playoff win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Houston, 25, has contributed eight sacks in nine games (three starts) since being drafted by the Lions in the sixth round in 2022.

Awosika, 25, appeared in 15 games (three starts) in his second season with the Lions in 2023.

Coming off last season’s 12-5 record and a trip to the NFC Championship Game, Detroit opened its voluntary offseason program on Monday.

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Jan 21, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brock Wright (89) reacts after a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half in a 2024 NFC divisional round game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Lions match 49ers’ offer sheet for TE Brock Wright

The Detroit Lions on Wednesday matched the three-year offer sheet of the San Francisco 49ers to restricted free agent tight end Brock Wright, ESPN reported.

The offer sheet was worth $12 million, including $6 million guaranteed, according to the report. The Lions had tendered a one-year deal worth $2.985 million to Wright in early March.

Wright, 25, caught 13 passes for 91 yards behind Lions starting tight end Sam LaPorta last season. Wright played in 14 games, starting four when LaPorta was out with a knee injury.

Wright, who signed as an undrafted free agent in 2021, has 43 catches for 424 yards and seven touchdowns in 41 career games (19 starts) with the Lions.

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