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Matthew Stafford Signs Five-Year Extension with Lions

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have agreed on a five-year contract extension that will make the quarterback the richest in NFL history. Multiple sources have reported the deal, but it was first reported by ESPN.

It wasn’t that long ago that Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was the top paid quarterback in NFL history, with his extension being worth roughly $25 million per year. But Stafford and the Lions made sure that the highest paid NFL quarterback called Ford Field home.

And in the process, the deal drives up the market for quarterbacks nearing the end of their deals.

Stafford is set to make $27 million a year under his new five-year, $135 contract extension, and the 29-year-old is coming off one of his best seasons since being drafted by the Lions in 2009.

“Even though you’ve seen him play well, I think you’re going to see him play even better,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said earlier this spring. “He’s got an extraordinary amount of ability, not only just in terms of what he does from a physical standpoint, delivering balls from different angles and things of that nature, but then also from a leadership standpoint, which I think is equally important and he demonstrates that.

“He’s taken ownership of what we do and how we do it and I think that certainly without question bodes well for the future,” via Detroit Free Press.

Stafford has a career 51-58 record but has shown that he is more than capable of leading an offense under center. In 2016, he did so for the first time in his career without possible future Hall of Fame receiver Calvin Johnson.

Matthew Stafford Career Stats
Year Tm G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int QBR GWD
2009 DET 10 10 2-8-0 201 377 53.3 2267 13 20 40.6 1
2010 DET 3 3 1-2-0 57 96 59.4 535 6 1 53.5 1
2011 DET 16 16 10-6-0 421 663 63.5 5038 41 16 64.4 4
2012 DET 16 16 4-12-0 435 727 59.8 4967 20 17 60.2 3
2013 DET 16 16 7-9-0 371 634 58.5 4650 29 19 56.3 3
2014* DET 16 16 11-5-0 363 602 60.3 4257 22 12 47.9 5
2015 DET 16 16 7-9-0 398 592 67.2 4262 32 13 61.1 3
2016 DET 16 16 9-7-0 388 594 65.3 4327 24 10 70.5 8
Care 109 109 51-58-0 2634 4285 61.5 30303 187 108 28
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/28/2017.

Stafford is the best shot that the Lions have at winning their first playoff game since 1991, and the NFL calls for some level of overpayment to stay competitive. Whether the decision was a good one or not will be clear by 2022.

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