Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Stafford, Lions agree to historic deal

Stafford, Lions agree to historic deal

The Detroit Lions signed quarterback Matt Stafford to a five-year, $135 million extension Monday.

The Lions' passer was entering the final season of a three-year, $53 million extension he signed back in July of 2013.

Also, the Stafford deal surpasses Derek Carr's new contract of five years worth $25 million per season.

The Lions missed the postseason for nine consecutive years prior to Stafford's arrival in 2009, and have amassed a 51-58 record with the 6-foot-3, 226-pound quarterback under center.

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"I'm assuming it's going to be a big change", Stafford told the Detroit Free Press in April on becoming a dad.

Stafford made $110,778,969 in his first eight seasons with the Lions, according to Spotrac, and was due another $16.5 million in cash for this season before signing the extension. It's still a record-breaking deal, putting Stafford at an annual average of $27 million. He is underwater as an National Football League starter (51-58), has never won a postseason game, and has generally been beaten like a drum against Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, something that doesn't look like it's about to change anytime soon. But he's the benefactor of great timing as the quarterback market is in the process of resetting.

But Stafford, who is still under 30 years old, has recorded some of his best years as a professional in recent seasons.

Stafford is the Detroit franchise leader in all-time passing yards, completions and touchdowns too.

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