Quarterback Matt Stafford signs bumper new deal with Detroit Lions

Rachel Hardy
August 30, 2017

The five-year, $135 million deal will average $27 million a season, according to terms reported Monday night on Twitter by the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and an Associated Press source.

The Lions will counter with the argument of quality quarterbacks are hard to find and with the market value of top-tier quarterbacks escalating rapidly, they probably consider the deal with Stafford a bargain.

The Stafford deal getting done means Ziggy Ansah is the highest-profile player not yet under contract beyond this season.

At least, until someone cuts a bigger deal.

Derek Carr never got to play a regular-season game as the highest-paid player in National Football League history, and whether he knows it or not, the Oakland Raiders' quarterback owes a debt of gratitude to Matthew Stafford.

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The problems come in when you are talking about the bottom line and where Stafford plays, the NFC North. The new contract will take effect in the coming season, with Stafford earning a base salary of $16.5 million. He is 51-and-61 in his career, including an 0-and-3 mark in the postseason.

On December 13, 2015, Stafford reached 25,000 passing yards in his 90th career game, becoming the fastest quarterback to reach this milestone, surpassing the previous record held by Dan Marino of 92 games. The fully guaranteed portion isn't known and that's the key part of any deal. Quinn has done what looks like solid work to protect Stafford, rebuilding 80 percent of his front wall in just two offseasons.

The Lions made the official announcement shortly thereafter.

And if the Lions stay relevant as playoff contenders for the next five years, it may one day be a bargain, too.

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