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Jaw-Dropping Reason Matthew Stafford's Mega Contract is Aggressive

Jaw-Dropping Reason Matthew Stafford's Mega Contract is Aggressiveā€¯

Despite signing a deal to become the highest-paid player in the history of the National Football League, former Georgia quarterback and current Detroit Lions gunslinger Matthew Stafford isn't feeling any added pressure. The deal eclipses the $25 million average annual salary Derek Carr received this offseason in his new contract with the Oakland Raiders.

While Stafford is just 5-46 against teams with winning records, he led eight comeback victories last season to help the Lions go 9-7 and reach the playoffs. The Lions could have kept Stafford a Lion without an extension via the franchise tag.

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.

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Stafford is coming off one of the best seasons in his career. Next, he became the top overall pick in the NFL Draft in 2009. The deal keeps Stafford, the Lions' franchise leader in nearly every passing category, with the team throughout the prime of his career.

The Lions made the official announcement shortly thereafter. The "highest-paid player" outrage is ridiculous. Stafford has thrown for four touchdowns and three interceptions in his postseason career. He's completed 61.5 percent of his pass attempts and thrown 108 interceptions. Drew Brees and Kirk Cousins are both pending free agents, and a bidding war for their services could drive their price tags north of Stafford's $27 million average per season.

The 29-year old signal caller now ranks as the Lions all-time passing leader in almost every category.



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