Highest Paid Player in the NFL
The Lions and QB Matthew Stafford have agreed to a 5-year contract extension. Just a month ago the Oakland Raiders and Derek Carr agreed to a 5 year $125 million dollar deal that made Carr the highest paid player in the league. As of now the exact details of the contract are unknown.
What is known is that the deal will make Stafford the highest paid player in the NFL. There have been sources that have said that the deal will be in the ballpark of an average annual salary of $27 million.
Last year Stafford led the Lions to a playoff berth despite losing future Hall of Famer, Calvin Johnson. In years that Stafford has played all 16 games, he has thrown for at least 4,000 yards. Additionally, in one season he threw for over 5,000 yards and 40 TDs.
Contracts and Extensions of the Past
When Stafford was drafted in 2009 he and the Lions agreed to a 6 year $72 million dollar deal with $47.1 million guaranteed.
Despite it being his rookie season, Stafford had a solid year. He threw for 2,267 yards with a 53.3% completion percentage. Back in 2013, Stafford resigned with the Lions with a 3 year $53 million dollar deal.
That deal made Stafford the highest paid player in the NFL at the time. All in all, after years of signing contracts, Stafford has performed good, not great, but not bad either.
By the time Stafford’s new contract is up in 2022, he will be 34 years old. He will likely still have 4 or 5 years left in his career. Although resigning Stafford in 2022 seems inevitable, most of it will depend on how he can do in the next 5 years.
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