Lions' Matt Stafford new deal proving National Football League contracts are out of control

  • Lions' Matt Stafford new deal proving National Football League contracts are out of control

Lions' Matt Stafford new deal proving National Football League contracts are out of control

This means that quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins, and others whose contract expire in the next year or two will see more money thrown their way.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is set to become the NFL's highest-paid player after he agreed to a historic contract extension, the team announced Monday and according to multiple reports.

That'll happen in 2018, the year the Lions were projected to lead the league in cap space before Stafford's deal.

While Stafford now has the league's most valuable contract, several quarterbacks who are looking for contract extensions could eclipse that mark next season. Not only has it increased by at least $10 million per year for each of the last four years, a new round of TV contracts will be signed coming in 2019, likely fueling another salary-cap explosion.

Like most National Football League contracts, a lot of that is monopoly money, but the real numbers are nearly as impressive, with a record guarantee of $92M and $50M for putting pen to paper.

The 2022 season is the interesting one for the Lions because it serves very much as a team option.

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Stafford's record deal will average $27 million per year and carries $60.5 million in guarantees (and potentially as much as $92 million). He has almost twice as many career passing yards as any QB in Lions history, six of the top seven passing seasons in team history belong to Stafford, and they've gone to the playoffs in three of the last six years following an 11-year postseason absence. Brady, perhaps more than any other quarterback, deserves to be the top-paid player in the NFL. But only one of those quarterbacks was being compensated like Stafford will be over the next five years, and that was Manning, who had the backing of an all-time great defense.

He has thrown for over 4,000 yards passing and 20 touchdowns each of the last six seasons.

It's possible Stafford could take another step forward in his second full year under Cooter.

To the average fan, the best way to describe Stafford is easy: He's probably better than your quarterback. Had this offer been made without the franchise tag already in place?

There is a lot of pressure on Detroit Lions' head coach Jim Caldwell this season, and it's growing as the Lions offense shows signs of struggling this preseason. The Lions couldn't afford to let him walk away. The Falcons are now backed up against the cap, with Spotrac projecting them $6 million over before factoring in any increase for next season.