Lions resign Stafford to 5-year extension

Quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Lions have agreed to a five-year contract extension that would make him the highest paid player in National Football League history, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

It may have taken a little longer than some fans hoped or expected but Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have reportedly agreed on the much-anticipated contract extension. The $27 million per year leapfrogs deals signed by both Derek Carr and Andrew Luck over the past few months.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford with wife Kelly Stafford during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Prior to this extension, Stafford was scheduled to account for $22 million against the Lions cap.

ESPN reported the contract included a signing bonus of $50 million and $92 million in guaranteed payments beyond that. The Lions announced the extension but did not disclose the terms.

He has started 109 games for the Lions, compiling a 51-58 record.

Stafford's market-setting contract could also have ramifications for the Patriots' future financial decisions at quarterback. He already holds the franchise records for passing yards, completions and touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and has guided the Lions to the playoffs three times during his career.

Stafford has completed 2,634 of 4,285 passes (61.5 percent) for 30,303 yards, 187 touchdowns and 108 interceptions.

  • Stacy Allen