De­troit Lions

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NFC NORTH -

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.

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