What Matthew Stafford's deal means for Kirk Cousins

Sheri Evans
August 30, 2017

The sports news outlet reported the five-year contract extension will pay Stafford an average of $27 million per year - making Stafford the highest-paid player in National Football League history.

Stafford signed a contract extension on Monday that sets him up to make $151.5 million through the 2022 season, according to ProFootballTalk. Moreover, over the next year or two, more-proven quarterbacks like the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers will likely use Stafford's deal as a starting point to negotiate even bigger deals.

Per Schefter's reporting, Stafford's new deal will surpass the $25 million Carr received annually on the extension he signed during the spring. The new contract will take effect in the coming season, with Stafford earning a base salary of $16.5 million.

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When thinking about Stafford, maybe you remember the interceptions, or maybe you remember the final heroics. He is 51-and-61 in his career, including an 0-and-3 mark in the postseason.

Matthew Stafford has 109 career starts. Carr signed his deal in July. The team's starting quarterback is nothing if not consistent, rarely pulling off an upset win yet nearly never losing to a team it ought to beat. And letting Stafford play out his contract would have sent the Lions down the unsafe road of escalating salaries, bruised egos and ultimately perhaps starting anew with a rookie quarterback or patchwork veteran. The Lions announced the extension but did not disclose the terms.

Smith did not hold back when criticizing Matthew Stafford's record-breaking contract. So Detroit re-signing arguably the greatest quarterback in their franchise's history was paramount this year.

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