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Lions notes: Matthew Stafford set to make $66 million more than Tom Brady’s career earnings

That is one rich quarterback.

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Were he to play out this contract, he will have earned $262.5 million in the NFL by age 35, with another potential major extension ahead. For comparison purposes, Tom Brady, now 40, has earned $196 million over 17 seasons.

So by the age of 35, Stafford is set to make over $66 million more than Tom Brady has at age 40.

While that’s easy fodder to make fun of the Lions, as Brandt points out, this has more to do with the Stafford’s fortuitous timing. Upon entering the league, his rookie deal was set by old CBA standards that allowed for bloated, highly-guaranteed contracts. His subsequent extensions were set by the markets of an exponentially inflating salary cap, much different from the early days of Brady’s budding career. Still, they’re eye-opening numbers.

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