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What Staffords Contract Says About Him, and The Team's Future




Unless you completely missed the multitude of articles on the front page, you know Matthew Stafford has signed a contract extension to remain with the Lions through 2017. This contract is a huge win for the Lions and for us a the fans obviously. But this also says a lot about Matt, and what is most important to him. Starting with the contract, from now untill 2017 he will make 76.5 million or 15.3 anually with 41.5 million guaranteed. Now, this may seem like a lot (because it is) but as far as high quality QB's go, this is dirt cheap. Looking around the league, 8 quarterbacks are making more than Stafford per year, and Matt Ryan will most likely get paid more when he receives his extension. Also there's Tom Brady who "took one for the team" with a new contract. Is Matt the 11th best QB in the NFL who's not on a rookie wage scale? No, it's not a stretch at all to say he's better than Philip Rivers and Matt Schaub who are getting paid more, and an argument could be made that he's better than Romo, Flacco and Ryan. If Matt had wanted Joe Flacco money, I have little doubt that he could have gotten it, or close to it. His agent could have made a very simple case, "give us X amount of money, or we'll walk, because other teams will pay that" and the Lions would have to pay up or risk re-rebuilding. If Matt did leave, we'd either have to attempt to lure someone in via free agency (which won't happen with a top ten QB because of how many teams lock up their QBs), make a trade and lose substantial assets if anyone would trade with us or trade up in the draft and hope the rookie is at least as good as Matt was. None of these are things any franchise would want to do, so resigning Stafford for whatever he wanted would have been the only choice. However, Stafford chose to take 3-5 million less per year so the team could go out and sign people like Reggie and so they have the cap space to resign important guys like Suh, Pettigrew and Fairly. This move tells us that we will have the ultimate team player for the next 5 years, who cares about his teammates and wants them around. The fact that Matt will do this means we will have the cap space to remain a playoff/superbowl contender for as long as we have him. This also puts pressure on Suh to not have a bank breaking contract, maybe making his extention less expensive than it would've been. While a single person shouldn't be able to earn 15.3 million per year, realize that this is going to help out the team in every way possible while working to the ultimate goal, because Matt made it possible.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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