Big Plays, Big Contracts

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Written and Media by Bobby Neal.

The Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford concurred on a contract extension that is worth $135 million. The deal is for five seasons and will cause the ninth-year quarterback to be one of the most generously-compensated players in NFL history. Shortly following the extension deal, Stafford’s wife posted a photo of their twin boys saying, “When daddy and mommy whispered to us we would be spending 6 more years in Detroit… hope y’all are as excited as we are!” This means the Lions have done their job keeping the franchise player happy and eager to stay in the city of Detroit.

#9 Matt Stafford in the huddle. Media by ESPN.

At a detailed yearly estimation of somewhat more than $27 million, Stafford’s agreement beat that of Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who drove the alliance for around two months subsequent thinking a five-year, $125 million settlement in June. The following NFL compensation record could be set by Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who is playing on his second in a row one-year bargain after the group again utilized the establishment tag on him. Other quarterbacks who could sign significant contract expansions soon include Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. The main general pick of the 2009 draft, Stafford holds establishment records for passing yards (30,303), fulfillments (2,634), endeavors (4,285) and touchdowns (187), and his profession normal of 278.0 passing yards for each game is the most in NFL history for a player’s initial eight seasons. Stafford, who made the Pro Bowl in 2014, hasn’t missed a game since 2011, driving the Lions to three postseason playoffs.

The solid 29-year-old still can’t seem to win a playoff game with the Lions, however, the group has preferred his movement toward being a more proficient passer — he’s posted his most noteworthy consummation rates in the previous two seasons. A year ago, in his initial season without star

#15 Golden Tate & #9 Matt Stafford with the celebration. Media by ESPN.

wide-receiver  beneficiary Calvin Johnson, Stafford indented vocation bests in capture attempt rate (1.7) and QBR (70.5) with the Lions heading off to a more moderate assault to make up for a battling protection. Correct terms of Stafford’s agreement, for example, the measure of ensured cash, was not promptly accessible. The quarterback was heading into the last year of an agreement set to pay him $16.5 million for 2017, and he had shown that he would not be slanted to keep arranging once the season started, putting weight on the Lions to settle.

With his 0-3 playoff record, Stafford has gone only 51-58 in his 109 consistent season beginnings in spite of the fact that he’s 27-21 in the course of the last

#85 Eric Ebron celebrating a touchdown.
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three seasons. All the more, as a better-than-expected starter at the most critical position, he is a product that would be extremely hard to supplant on the open market, and the Lions’ history has been set apart by an absence of solidness at quarterback.

the Detroit Lions are off to a magnificent start with a 3-2 record (2nd in the NFC North). Stafford is showing why he is Detroit’s franchise tagged player. With targets like (WR) Golden Tate and (TE) Eric Ebron, Stafford looks to continue to air it out in the 4th quarter to pull out those big plays. The Motor City looks to improve year after year.


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