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:
I was there for all these, and I still LOVE watching this dude ball. I watched this dude work, and prepare, and grind, and play through https://t.co/9Paw5c4isI— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) August 29, 2017
Congrats my friend, you deserve every blessing that's coming your way! No one deserves this more than you. The attitude and dedication you bring everyday is contagious. It's been fun catching passes from you, but I feel like it's gonna get way more fun. Hope we continue playing together for a long time #thatsmyquarterback (T.O voice )
So happy for my dude! Congrats niner! # secured— Sam (@SamMartin_6) August 29, 2017
Yes LAWD. Going to be protecting the blind side of 9 for years to come. https://t.co/ZfIe4uwOKY— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) August 29, 2017
I know the numbers don't seem that way, but Matthew Stafford gave the Lions a hometown discount, in light of his leverage.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 29, 2017
Matthew Stafford is 5-46 against teams that finish with a winning record, 1-25 on the road.— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) August 29, 2017
and he's only made the pro bowl as an injury replacement. the quarterback market is hilarious. https://t.co/5LFS8Xl8uF— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) August 29, 2017
Matthew Stafford and Andrew Luck are the two highest paid players ever, and neither is currently a Top 10 QB. Absolutely unbelievable. https://t.co/zhTnjgsfHR— nick wright (@getnickwright) August 29, 2017
Not only is he now the highest paid player, but by the time the contract is up he'll be 15 years old. People forget that. https://t.co/b7SQVEe1jO— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) August 29, 2017
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.