Both the Herald Sun and The Age report the Essendon deal is also worth more to 'BJ' in terms of annual salary than St Kilda's three-year contract on offer.

If Essendon's deal is agreed to by Goddard he and the Bombers must notify the AFL.

After the league is notified the Saints will have three days to decide whether they will match the offer.

But even if St Kilda offers a new deal, which most commentators say is unlikely, Goddard doesn't have to accept that and can then nominate for the AFL draft or ask for a trade.

If Goddard goes to Essendon the Saints will probably receive a first-round pick as compensation.