Quarterback Matt Stafford signs bumper new deal with Detroit Lions

Detroit quarterback Matt Stafford has grow to be the best-paid participant inside the NFL after signing a $135m settlement extension.

The Lions confirmed the news on Monday night, with good sized reports suggesting the deal is really worth $27m (£20.9m) a season, taking him ahead of Derek Carr who penned a $25m-a-year deal (£19.3m) with Oakland earlier this summer.

Stafford turned into entering the final 12 months of his $53m (£40.9m) deal and Detroit were confident of agreeing terms. Talks had been ongoing all summer season and now the number one pick out of the 2009 Draft is underneath settlement at Ford subject until the end of the 2022 season.

The 29-year-vintage’s deal is worth $135m (£104m) in overall and could set a new benchmark for quarterback contracts over the approaching years, whether staying with their present day teams like Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan or exploring their options like Washington’s Kirk Cousins.

Detroit reached the play-offs final season with a nine-7 document to finish second in the NFC North, the 1/3 time in six years they have got reached the post-season.

With Stafford’s future because the franchise QB now comfy, the Lions will appearance to go past the wild card spherical this season having lost on all 3 activities considering 2011, whilst they may additionally be concentrated on a first divisional title since the vintage NFC primary in 1993.

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