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Detroit Lions make Matthew Stafford highest-paid player in history

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Matthew Stafford has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Detroit Lions.

It may have taken a little longer than some fans hoped or expected but Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have reportedly agreed on the much-anticipated contract extension. Stafford's deal vaulted him above Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's five-year, $125 million deal that will pay him $25 million annually.

Stafford ranked eighth last season in total quarterback ratings with a score of 70.2, against the leader Matt Ryan, who had a rating of 83.3. The Lions earned the number 1 pick after going 0-16 in 2008.

At least, until someone cuts a bigger deal. 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. Cousins, who has twice signed the franchise tag in Washington, committed to play out his two one-year deals while using the guaranteed raises to dramatically increase his bottom-level salary whenever long-term talks are finally broached seriously. The Lions announced the extension but did not disclose the terms. He's also already a top-50 quarterback in National Football League history. statistically, ranking No. 39 in completions, No. 47 in attempts, No. 44 in yards, No. 49 in touchdowns and No. 23 in passer rating. But he's the benefactor of great timing as the quarterback market is in the process of resetting.

Stafford competed 388 of 594 passes for 4,327 yards, including 24 TDs against 10 interceptions last season.