Matthew Stafford Signs Big Deal with Lions

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According to several media reports, Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford has become the highest paid player in the NFL.

Stafford's extension kicks in next season, so for now, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will be the highest paid at the position for the 2017 season.

Stafford ranked eighth last season in total quarterback ratings with a score of 70.2, against the leader Matt Ryan, who had a rating of 83.3. The Lions earned the number 1 pick after going 0-16 in 2008. Lions President Rod Wood told Crain's before the 2016 season that initial talks were underway on a new contract, and speculation about an extension heated up in recent months. Since signing with the team, he's started 109 games and compiled a 51-58 record.

Prior to this extension, Stafford was scheduled to account for $22 million against the Lions cap.

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Stafford is the fourth quarterback in National Football League history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season, being one of three players to do it in 2011 and is the fastest player in National Football League history to reach 30,000 passing yards.

Last season, the 29-year-old Stafford threw for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while leading the Lions to a 9-7 record and a playoff berth. He holds every franchise passing record, and if you are talking about pure arm talent, he's top-1o on everybody's list.

Since becoming the Lions' starter, Stafford has led them to three playoff appearances but they lost in the Wild Card game each time.

On January 19, 2015, it was announced that Stafford was selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl, his first Pro Bowl appearance.

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