Matthew Stafford Cashes In
Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford signed his contract extension on Wednesday, which tossed him into the top 10 highest paid players in the NFL. The 5th year signal caller will get a total of $76.5 million over the next five years, which comes out to $15.3 million annually. Stafford could have taken a Flacco type risk and waited, in hopes that a big year could raise him into the pay class of guys like Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. However, when questioned at a press conference he said “There were people out there that wanted me to do that, and I thought about it,” he stated “But I wanted to do what was right for the club and what was right for me. Like I said months ago — and you guys (reporters) didn’t believe — I said I’m not in it to sign mega contracts, I’m in it to win games. And I’m happy to be here, and I’m happy to do what I can to help this club and get as many players around as we can.”
The deal makes sense for both sides. More obviously for Stafford of course, as he is signing his second mega-deal after making $50.5 million in the last 4 years during his rookie deal. The Lions benefit may be a little more subtle. Detroit ties up their quarterback, but does so for only an addition three years. So if his shoulder injury woes that have plagued the beginning of his career do not stop their commitment, it’s not terribly long-term. If he under plays, they could still bring him back at a lower cost or not at all. The former Georgia Bull Dog, when healthy, has been stellar and worthy of every cent. He will only be 29 at the time of the extension’s completion and still in his prime. Perfect timing to possibly get his THIRD mega-deal and lock him up as a lifetime Lion.
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