Matthew Stafford’s deal is done, and the Lions quarterback — for now, at least — is the highest-paid player in NFL history.
Stafford and the Lions agreed to a five-year contract extension on Aug. 28, a person familiar with the contract told the Detroit Free
Press. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been announced by the team.
Stafford will make an average annual salary of $27 million over the life of the contract, slightly more than Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr ($25 million) got on the five-year extension he signed in June.
The Lions opened negotiations with Stafford around the NFL combine in March, and they bridged what one person familiar with the talks described as a “significant” gap in recent weeks.
Stafford, 29, holds most franchise passing records, including yards (30,303), completions (2,634), attempts (4,285) and touchdowns (187). He’s coming off his best season as a pro, leading an NFL-record eight come-frombehind victories as the Lions (9-7) made the playoffs for the third time in his nine seasons.
Rookie watch: First-round LB Jarrad Davis led Detroit with eight tackles against the New England Patriots, but many came out of position or while trailing a receiver over the middle. … After the starters offered little resistance, second- and fifth-round CBs Teez Tabor and Jamal
Agnew, respectively, continued showing progress at what has
become a deeper position. Noteworthy: WRs Jared
Abbrederis and Jace Billingsley continued their strong pushes for roster spots — Abbrederis secured his three targets, including a touchdown, while Billingsley’s 29-yard catch was Detroit’s longest. … Tahir White
head, set to play a ton alongside Davis, suffered a knee injury that isn’t considered serious.