Report: Matthew Stafford To Become Highest-Paid Player In NFL History

Bryan Brandom
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The season hasn’t even started yet, and already Matthew Stafford has broken two NFL records. The Detroit Lions reportedly agreed to a contract extension with their quarterback, and it’s a biggie.

According to reporters Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport, the Lions signal caller agreed to a deal worth $135 million over five years. The deal’s average annual value of $27 million beats the record set by Derek Carr and the $25 million per year the QB inked with the Oakland Raiders earlier this summer.

Stafford is guaranteed $92 million in the deal, which is also a record. Andrew Luck previously had the most guaranteed money in an NFL contract, at $87 million. While Stafford has the edge on the Indianapolis Colts quarterback in yearly value, Luck still has the richest contract in overall value, at $140 million over six years.

In 2016, Stafford helped guide the Lions to a 9-7 record and a cameo in the playoffs, He threw for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions on the year. He’s led the NFL in game-winning drives twice over the last three years, totaling 16 in that span. Stafford also hasn’t missed a start since the 2011 season began.

The quarterback has a career 5-46 mark against teams with winnings records.