NFL Has a New Highest-Paid Player in History

Среда, 30 Авг, 2017

On its official Twitter account, the Lions said the deal runs through 2022. When asked recently, Stafford was unsure if he was willing to negotiate a new deal once the season started.

The quarterback market is growing and with the position being such a high priority throughout the league, it doesn't appear like it will slow down anytime soon.

Stafford was Detroit's number-one pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Before this contract, Stafford was making an average of $17.7 million per year under a previous extension signed with the team in 2013.

Stafford's deal is expected to guarantee him a record $92 million, including a $50 million signing bonus.

Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions gets set to throw the football during an NFL game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 25, 2015 in Detroit.

Doing a deal now means Stafford won't be going the Kirk Cousins route. But the truth is the Lions are closer to the promised land with Stafford as their quarterback than without, and that's why this deal had to get done. Since signing with the team, he's started 109 games and compiled a 51-58 record.

Last year, Stafford threw for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while also leading the Lions' to an unbelievable eight fourth quarter comebacks. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and has guided the Lions to the playoffs three times during his career. Stafford alone accounts for about 12 percent of the Lions' entire salary cap. Stafford has thrown for four touchdowns and three interceptions in his postseason career.

Stafford's agent is Tom Condon of Los Angeles-based Creative Artist Agency.