Lions QB Matthew Stafford Becomes Highest-Paid NFL Player

Matthew Stafford has reportedly become the highest paid player in NFL history

And the Detroit Lions did just that late Monday night, agreeing to a massive contract extension with their starting quarterback, Matthew Stafford.

We have agreed to terms with QB Matthew Stafford on a five-year contract extension through the 2022 season.

Though the deal is a financial record breaker, Stafford has already broken other records, having pocketed more National Football League money through age 28 than any other player in National Football League history: $110.5 million.

Detroit drafted Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009. Stafford's deal, despite its historic nature, might be a hometown discount when factoring in the impending deals for Matt Ryan and in light of him willing a flawed team to the playoffs previous year.

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Earlier this month, Lions general manager Bob Quinn indicated the two sides were not close in working towards an extension. That's $27 million per season. Stafford's will exceed that, Schefter reported. Since signing with the team, he's started 109 games and compiled a 51-58 record.

The Lions will counter with the argument of quality quarterbacks are hard to find and with the market value of top-tier quarterbacks escalating rapidly, they probably consider the deal with Stafford a bargain.

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

Last year, Stafford threw for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while also leading the Lions' to an awesome eight fourth quarter comebacks.

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