Lions Make QB Matthew Stafford Highest-Paid Player In NFL History

Jessica Allison
August 30, 2017

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the deal is worth $135 million.

The Detroit Lions have been circling the drains on a new contract for quarterback Matthew Stafford for weeks and they finally came to terms on an agreement on Monday night.

A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Stafford's deal is expected to guarantee him a record $92 million, including a $50 million signing bonus.

Last year, Stafford threw for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while also leading the Lions' to an wonderful eight fourth quarter comebacks. He missed 19 games his first two seasons, but none since.

Stafford, though, faces some of the same hurdles Carr did when he inked a deal that averaged $25M annually. In three playoff games, Stafford has thrown four touchdowns, three interceptions with a 63.2% completion percentage. He's passed for at least 4,000 yards in each of the last six seasons in Detroit.

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But he also pointed out that during his eight-year career Stafford has only made the playoffs three times, had just three winning seasons and has not won a playoff game.

By the time Stafford's new contract is up in 2022, he will be 34 years old.

So while Stafford's contract is now the largest in National Football League history, that won't last long and by the time he is making $30 million a season, he won't be the only one. Stafford's best season came in 2011 when he threw for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns with just 16 interceptions for a rating of 97.2.

There is no one person more responsible for the present and future success of the Detroit Lions than quarterback Matthew Stafford.

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