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.