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Best reactions to Matthew Stafford’s five year, $135 million contract extension

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Players and media types took to the hippest place there is to react to Matthew Stafford’s record-setting contract: Social media. Let’s check out some of the responses.

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Late Monday evening, the Detroit Lions inked Matthew Stafford to a new contract that will keep the team’s former No. 1 overall pick in the Motor City through the 2022 NFL season.

Plenty of people took to Twitter, the hotbed for discussion on all things related to Jake Rudock trade talks related to sports, to share their thoughts about the new deal. Here are some of the best reactions social media had to offer:

Lions teammates

Patrick Peterson

Media

The media have a bit of a scattered opinion when it comes to the money Stafford is getting in his new contract. Some think he gave the Lions a bit of a discount, some look at his record in the playoffs and against winning teams in the regular season and label it as “unbelievable,” and Katie Nolan is convinced Stafford doesn’t have a driver’s license.

Once Kirk Cousins hits the free agent market, he’s going to have a group of quarterback needy teams vying for his services. Come next March, the same narrative—what has he won?—with a new variable—Cousins—will be drummed up by the media, and Stafford’s deal will be a thing of the past.

As Nate Burleson mentioned, all you have to be is one of the best and next up. And there are going to be plenty of guys over the next five seasons to reset the market.