The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback Matthew Stafford to a record five-year contract extension. The new contract makes Matthew Stafford the highest-paid player in the history of the NFL. The 29-year-old Stafford was set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, so the Lions decided to ante up. The five-year extension is worth $135 million, which includes a $50 million signing bonus and $92 million, both are guaranteed money. The deal is $10 million more than the mega-contract the Raiders gave Derek Carr. Stafford is earning $22 million this year, the last year of his three-year $53 million contract he signed in 2013.
Here’s how Stafford’s deal compares to Tom Brady, who is much older.
Here’s how Stafford’s new contract racks up to other sports stars.
Some argue that the Detroit Lions had no choice.
There is no question of Stafford’s importance to the Lions.
Stafford has this incredible stat in his defense.
However, Stafford also holds these less than desirable records.
Drafted with the top pick in 2009, Stafford has helped lead Detroit to three playoff appearances in the last six seasons. However, it is well-noted that the Lions have yet to advance past the first round with Stafford as their QB.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was rethinking his position after seeing Stafford’s new deal.
Predictably, the internet had opinions on Stafford’s record deal and voiced them on Twitter.