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Lions QB Matthew Stafford Is Now the Highest Paid Player in NFL History
Move over Derek Carr and Andrew Luck. In terms of both annual salary and guaranteed money, Matthew Stafford is now the highest paid player in NFL history.
The Detroit Lions finalized a record-setting contract extension with their franchise quarterback on Monday. The five-year deal is worth about $135 million. It will pay Stafford an average of $27 million per season and, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it comes with a $50 million signing bonus that’s part of $92 million guaranteed.
The annual value on Stafford’s deal exceeds the previous record of $25 million set by Derek Carr and the Raiders last month. The total guaranteed money exceeds the previous record set by Andrew Luck and the Colts in 2016.
The Lions announced that they had signed Stafford to an extension on Monday night, though they did not disclose the the financial terms. The new deal takes effect in March.
According to Lion’s receiver Golden Tate, Stafford deserves every penny:
Congrats my friend, you deserve every blessing that’s coming your way! No one deserves this more than you. The attitude and dedication you bring everyday is contagious. It’s been fun catching passes from you, but I feel like it’s gonna get way more fun. Hope we continue playing together for a long time #thatsmyquarterback (T.O voice )
Stafford’s twin baby girls are definitely pumped:
When daddy and mommy whispered to us we would be spending 6 more years in detroit… hope y’all are as excited as we are! #golions #thankyoudetroit #homeA post shared by Kelly Stafford (@kbstafford89) on
Yep, it’s good to be Matt Stafford.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]