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Stafford, Lions agree to landmark deal

30 August, 2017, 01:59 | Author: Glenda Knight
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During a Tuesday news conference, both the Lions and Matthew Stafford painted a picture of friendly contract negotiations before agreeing on a five-year, $135 million extension late Monday night.

On its official Twitter account, the Lions said the deal runs through 2022. According to ESPN, the previous record for most guaranteed money in an National Football League contract was the $87 million that the Indianapolis Colts gave their franchise QB, Andrew Luck.

Schefter added that Stafford's new deal is set to surpass the $25 million per year contract signed by the Oakland Raiders' Derek Carr. That outcome still feels like a real possibility, with the flashes of brilliance, versatility, and athleticism Stafford has shown through his career, but the window is closing fast. Stafford has averaged 28 touchdown passes per season over that span.

Stafford ranked eighth last season in total quarterback ratings with a score of 70.2, against the leader Matt Ryan, who had a rating of 83.3. He holds every franchise passing record, and if you are talking about pure arm talent, he's top-1o on everybody's list.

Aaron Rodgers waives to hometown crowd during Packers game
Aaron Rodgers waives to hometown crowd during Packers game

Matthew Stafford has 109 career starts.

While Stafford is prolific, he has only been able to lead the Lions to the postseason three times and he's yet to win a playoff game. The deal keeps Stafford, the Lions' franchise leader in nearly every passing category, with the team throughout the prime of his career.

Detroit drafted Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009. Of course, he has started for only two full seasons. Stafford's will exceed that, Schefter reported. The salary cap continues to increase as well.

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