After months of talk amongst the media and the fan base, the Detroit Lions made Jared Goff (pictured) their franchise quarterback on Monday afternoon.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Lions agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Pro Bowler worth $212 million.  $170 million of that is guaranteed.  Goff would've become an unrestricted free agent after the 2024 season.

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The 29-year old former number 1 overall draft pick has blossomed into one of the best QB's in the NFL since coming over from the Los Angeles Rams in the Matthew Stafford trade 3 1/2 years ago.

And what was supposed a situation where Goff was the "Bridge" quarterback to the next guy who would be the long-term answer at QB...

That has now turned into Goff being "the guy", "the franchise QB', "the man."

I'm all for the signing, but one question remains...What took so long?

Had the Lions signed Goff last year at this time, they probably would've saved some money on future salary caps.  Instead of about $45 million per season on average (or maybe less), Goff is now getting an estimated $53 million per season.  He is now the second-highest paid player in the NFL behind Cincinnati Bengals starting QB Joe Burrow.

But as the title says:  It's About Damn Time!!!  It's about time that the Lions take care of their QB and their other best players financially.  This offseason (at least on paper) has been a success.  They gave Pro Bowl WR Amon-Ra St. Brown a deserved contract extension.  And they did the same with Pro Bowl RT Penei Sewell.

They also drafted for need at the top of the Draft, taking DB's Terrion Arnold and Ennis Rakestraw, Jr. with their first two picks.

There hasn't been this much positivity surrounding the Detroit Lions in most of our lifetimes.  And signing Jared Goff to a deserved contract extension will only get fans even higher about the upcoming season.

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