Jared Goff should have two seasons to prove he is a quarterback the Detroit Lions can build around.
The Lions strengthened their commitment to Goff on Wednesday by doing a simple contract restructure. ESPN reported the Lions converted $20 million of Goff's $25.65 million base salary this fall into a signing bonus.
That moves frees up $15 million in present day cap space — the $20 million bonus is prorated for cap purposes over the four years left on Goff's contract — and gives the Lions enough room to sign their draft class and handle any moves that might arise during the season.
It also would leave the Lions with a large dead money cap hit of $15 million should they want to move on from Goff after this season.