It was only two years ago when Matthew Stafford signed his record-breaking, five-year, $135 million deal. At the time, sports media worked themselves into a hysteria. “He’s not a top-five quarterback, why is he getting top-five money?” would be the common narrative.
But things change quickly in the NFL, and on Tuesday night, the goalposts were moved once again. Los Angeles Rams quarter Jared Goff has reportedly received a four-year extension worth $134 million. That’s right. He’s almost getting the same amount of money as Stafford but with one fewer year on his deal. On an average salary basis, he’s getting $33.5 million compared to Stafford’s $27 million. Goff is also reportedly getting $110 million guaranteed compared to Stafford’s $92 million.
Goff is now the eighth quarterback in the NFL to surpass Stafford by salary average, joining Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Is Matthew Stafford’s contract a bargain now?
My answer: Now hold on there.
Matthew Stafford’s contract isn’t quite a bargain right now. In fact, if we’re talking about cap hits for 2019, no player is taking a bigger chunk of their team’s cap space than Matthew Stafford with $29.5 million, and he’ll remain in the top six for the next two years (pending Goff’s details and any other extensions).
So calling Stafford’s deal a bargain would be overstating his situation.
I would call it reasonable, though. Obviously last year Stafford didn’t live up to his contract, but taking the rest of Stafford’s recent career in mind, the Lions franchise quarterback is right there with the rest of the top passers in the league. His 94.2 passer rating in the last three years combined is nearly identical to that of Jared Goff (94.7) Carson Wentz (92.5) and Ben Roethlisberger (95.2), three players who will all be making more than him, if they aren’t already.
This is just how quarterback contracts work, and as we get deeper into Stafford’s contract, we’ll see that his contract is just as reasonable as most quarterback deals.
Of course, we’d all love to build a team with a franchise quarterback on a rookie deal, but the Rams showed on Tuesday night that a franchise quarterback is worth locking up long term and using a ton of cap resources to keep around.
How would you describe Matthew Stafford’s contract now?
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Still too pricey