Rams agree with QB Jared Goff on 4-year contract extension

Jared Goff agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Rams on Tuesday night, keeping the quarterback with Los Angeles through the 2024 season.

The team didn’t disclose the terms of its deal with Goff, who led the Rams to the Super Bowl last season. The Los Angeles Times reported that the extension is worth $134 million, with $110 million guaranteed.

Goff is beginning his fourth year with the Rams, who made him the No. 1 overall pick from Cal in the 2016 draft. After a rocky start as a rookie during the Rams’ relocation season, Goff has become a two-time Pro Bowl selection under head coach Sean McVay.

Goff has passed for 8,492 yards with 60 touchdowns and 19 interceptions while going 24-7 in 31 regular-season games as McVay’s starter. Goff has led the Rams to back-to-back NFC West titles and their first Super Bowl appearance in 17 years.

He also led the Rams to two playoff victories last winter before the Super Bowl, in which he struggled in a 19-for-38 performance in a 13-3 loss.

McVay and general manager Les Snead vowed to sign Goff to a long-term extension, expressing constant support for the quarterback who has run McVay’s inventive offense during two of the highest-scoring seasons in NFL history.

Even after Carson Wentz, the No. 2 pick behind Goff in the 2016 draft, got a $128 million extension from the Eagles in June, Goff said he had no concerns about entering his fourth season without a new deal. Now he won’t have to.

Goff is making about $4.3 million this season before his pay is scheduled to jump to $22.8 million in 2020.

Bryant back with Atlanta: Matt Bryant was angry when the Falcons decided to cut him during the offseason. But all is forgiven.

The 44-year-old is back with Atlanta after missing the preseason, confident that he’s one of the NFL’s best kickers.

“I would be lying to say I wasn’t upset,” Bryant said, “but that’s in the past.”

He has been with the Falcons nearly a decade, surpassing Hall of Famer Morten Andersen as the franchise’s leading scorer. Bryant has missed only three extra-point tries (out of 375) and 32 field-goal attempts (of 282) since coming to Atlanta during the 2009 season.

Despite his success, the Falcons decided to cut ties after Bryant missed three games last season with a hamstring injury. Former Cal and Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio was 15 years younger, he was cheaper, and he did a good job subbing while Bryant was out.

But Tavecchio struggled in the preseason, making 4 of 9 field-goal tries. Before the final exhibition, the team brought in Blair Walsh for a quick look.

In the end, the Falcons had little choice except to return to the man they had all along.

Fortunately for Atlanta, any hard feelings melted quickly.

Bryant’s agent talked with several other teams, but nothing materialized. When the Falcons called, they quickly hammered out a one-year, $3 million deal.

Monuments of the Midway: The Bears unveiled statues of Walter Payton and George Halas at Soldier Field, two days before Chicago opens the 100th season of the NFL at home against the rival Packers.

Each 12-foot statue is 3,000 pounds. One shows Payton, the Hall of Fame running back who died in 1999 at the age of 45 from cancer, and the other is of Halas, the team’s founder, owner and head coach who led the franchise to six NFL titles. Halas died in 1983 at age 88.

The two were honored during a ceremony that included Halas’ daughter, Virginia Halas McCaskey, Payton’s children, Jarrett and Brittney and former Chicago head coach Mike Ditka.

The fourth pick in the 1975 draft, Payton spent his 13-year NFL career with the Bears. He retired after the 1987 season as the league’s all-time leading rusher with 16,726 yards.

Briefly: The Bengals signed running back Giovani Bernard to a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season. He could have become a free agent after this season. … The Cowboys and right tackle La’el Collins agreed on a five-year extension worth $50 million, with $35 million guaranteed. … The Chargers extended Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey’s contract through the 2020 season. The one-year deal will be worth $9 million.

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