BREAKING: Lions QB Matthew Stafford signs extension

The wait is over! The Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford have come to terms on an extension. 

Lions president Rod Wood said he was willing to pay whatever it takes to retain Stafford long-term. He wasn’t joking. 

This deal is worth $27M over five years– the largest average yearly salary in the history of the NFL. With the inflation of the salary cap, the latest franchise QB to sign will almost always be the highest paid. 

It is not fair to compare other outdated QB contracts to the massive Stafford deal. As the salary cap quickly increases, so does the cost of a legitimate quarterback. 

The Lions now have a top-10 QB under center locked up for the foreseeable future. It’s not unreasonable to believe Stafford will break into the top-5 conversation as the college product weakens. A majority of today’s elite signal callers are on the downside of their career. When Stafford does hit his plateau, this contract will just be another middle of the road deal. 

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