The Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford have agreed to a 3-year contract extension that will keep the former number 1 overall pick in the Motor City until 2017.
Stafford’s previous contract had 2 years and $23.5 million remaining. His new contract is for $53 million dollars with $43 million in guarantees. Once the contract is signed, Stafford pulls in a whopping $27.5 million as part of his signing bonus. Not a bad day at the office.
Last season, the Lions went just 4-12 and Stafford had a down following his sensational 2011 season throwing 20 touchdowns, accumulating 4,967 passing yards, but had 17 interceptions. In 2011, Stafford threw 41 touchdowns and had a quarterback rating 18 points higher than he had this past season.
Stafford has been injury prone during his time in the NFL missing 6 games in 2009, and 3 games in 2010. Though the most alarming statistic may be that when facing teams that finished the season with a winning record, Stafford is 1-22 against those teams in his career. That must improve.
When Stafford enters free agency again, Stafford will be 29. If he goes back to his 2011 level of play and racks up some impressive wins against good teams, Stafford could possibly be in line for an even bigger pay day.