Lions: Matthew Stafford Becomes Highest Paid Player in NFL History with 5-Year Extension

You do what you have to do to lock up your franchise quarterback.

The Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford have agreed to terms on a five-year extension worth $135 million, according to ESPN.

With the deal, Stafford becomes not only the highest-paid player in the NFL today, but the highest paid player in NFL history.

Stafford was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2009 taking over a Lions team that had gone 0-16 in 2008.

Since then, Stafford has breathed new life into the team that used to be the joke of the NFL, leading the Lions to three playoff appearances (all losses) in 2011, 2014, and 2016.

In a league where quarterback is the most important position; where franchise quarterbacks are once in a blue moon, this was a deal that the Lions had to make. And it’s certainly worth it as Stafford has proven himself to be a top 10 statistical quarterback in the league, as well as the Lions’ savior. There was no way he wasn’t going to become the highest paid player in NFL history.

The Lions kick off the 2017 season against the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 10.

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