Lions QB Matthew Stafford To Sign Five-Year Contract Extension

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That gives the deal a new-money average of $27 million per year.

If Monday's reports are true, Carr will have to settle for being No. 2.

Quarterback Matt Stafford of the Detroit Lions reportedly just became the highest paid player in National Football League history, agreeing on a deal that will pay the 8-year National Football League veteran in the neighborhood of $27 million a year - maybe a little more. Last season, the 29-year-old Stafford threw for 4,327 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, leading the Lions to a 9.7 record, 2nd in the NFC North. Stafford has led the Lions to three playoff appearances during his eight-year career in Detroit, but he has yet to win a playoff game. The deal reportedly includes a $50 million signing bonus and $92 million guaranteed. Next, he became the top overall pick in the NFL Draft in 2009. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and was the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2011 after suffering a shoulder injury in 2010. Over his career, he has 30,303 passing yards with 187 touchdowns and 108 interceptions.

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Stafford's market-setting contract could also have ramifications for the Patriots' future financial decisions at quarterback. One big key to getting the long-term deal done with Stafford is it frees up the franchise tag to possible use to retain Ansah. He missed 19 games his first two seasons, but none since.

At the very least, he has $60.5 fully guaranteed at signing. Good thing Stafford had a great season a year ago.

Stafford's agent is Tom Condon of Los Angeles-based Creative Artist Agency.