The deal is finally done. The papers will be shortly signed. The waiting and agonizing is finally over.
Matthew Stafford has agreed to terms to become the highest paid player in NFL history and to remain the Detroit Lions’ quarterback for the next five years.
The deal is reportedly worth $27 million a year and $135 million total over five season. That number is slightly above the five-year, $125 million deal Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signed back in June.
Some have criticized the deal for being too expensive for a quarterback that hasn’t proven himself to be an elite passer in the league. They argue that Stafford has yet to accomplish much in his career. He’s only been selected to one Pro Bowl, he’s never received an All-Pro vote and, most commonly, he has yet to win a playoff game.
But others argue that this is the going price for a franchise quarterback. The newest deal is always the most expensive and by the time Kirk Cousins and Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan sign new deals, Stafford’s numbers will look more than reasonable.
So where do you stand? Do you think the Lions got a bargain in Stafford? Or do you think Detroit made a costly mistake?
Do you approve of the 5-year, $135 million deal the Lions gave Matthew Stafford?
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