The Detroit Lions have made Matthew Stafford the highest paid player in the history of the NFL after signing the Quarterback to a new contract this week.
The deal gives Stafford a little over $27 million per year over the next 5 years.
Stafford, who is a favorite of many Lions fans, has yet to win a playoff game, a fact that has caused controversy in some circles.
According to the Washington Post:
"The Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford agreed on a contract extension Monday that is worth $135 million over five years and will make the ninth-year quarterback the highest-paid player in NFL history.
At a reported annual value of slightly more than $27 million, Stafford’s contract tops that of Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who led the league for about two months after inking a five-year, $125 million pact in June.
The next NFL salary record could be set by Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who is playing on his second straight one-year deal after the team again used the franchise tag on him. Other quarterbacks who could be signing major contract extensions in the near future include Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan.
The first overall pick of the 2009 draft, Stafford holds franchise records for passing yards (30,303), completions (2,634), attempts (4,285) and touchdowns (187), and his career average of 278.0 passing yards per game is the most in NFL history for a player’s first eight seasons (per ESPN). Stafford, who made the Pro Bowl in 2014, hasn’t missed a game since 2011, leading the Lions to three postseason berths in that span."