Stafford signs new contract with Lions

Leon Halip

Matthew Stafford is now the richest player in the history of the National Football League with a five-year, $135 million extension from the Detroit Lions.

The Lions' passer was entering the final season of a three-year, $53 million extension he signed back in July of 2013.

In total value, the contract eclipses Oakland quarterback Derek Carr's five-year, $125 million deal inked in June.

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According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press, Stafford's new deal will pay him $27 million per season.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford with wife Kelly Stafford during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The deal keeps Stafford, the Lions' franchise leader in nearly every passing category, with the team throughout the prime of his career. Among the 12 quarterbacks who played in the post-season, Stafford ranked ninth. Stafford's will exceed that, Schefter reported.

The Lions made the official announcement shortly thereafter.

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In his 109 starts, the Lions have a 51-58 record.

It is possible when Stafford's contract is up that he will have thrown for over 50,000 career passing yards and over 240-255 career passing touchdowns. He has already earned over $110 million in his eight-year career and will make $16.5 million in 2017 before the new deal kicks in.

Stafford competed 388 of 594 passes for 4,327 yards, including 24 TDs against 10 interceptions last season. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and has led Detroit to two playoff berths.

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