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Thursday open thread: Is Matthew Stafford still worth his contract?

With crazy money being thrown around at quarterbacks like Carson Wentz, is Stafford’s contract still worth it?

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With Carson Wentz just getting his six-year, $154.7 million contract, it got me thinking about Matthew Stafford’s not-too-long-ago deal and where it stands amongst the rest of the quarterbacks in the NFL.

When Stafford signed his extension in 2017 it made him the richest player in NFL history, topping a contract signed by Derek Carr earlier that year. At the time, people scoffed at the idea of rewarding Stafford with such a high contact, but just two years later it doesn’t look so bad.

Now Stafford sits at the eighth-highest average salary among quarterbacks, directly behind guys like Jimmy Garoppolo and Kirk Cousins.

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His ranking will undoubtedly continue to drop as players like Jared Goff and Dak Prescott get extensions.

So, that brings today’s question:

Is Matthew Stafford still worth his contract?

My answer: Absolutely. Look, Stafford is far from perfect, but it’s also just the cost of doing business in today’s NFL. When guys like Alex Smith and Joe Flacco are still pulling in a yearly average around $23 million, I see no problem with paying Stafford an average around $27 million.

Also, with the salary cap only continuing to go up, his percentage of the cap will just be going down annually.

Your turn. What do you think?


Is Matthew Stafford still worth his contract?

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