Lions resign Stafford to 5-year extension

DETROIT MI- AUGUST 19 Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford walks off of the field at the conclusion of a preseason game between the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions

Stafford is entering the final year of his current contract. Stafford takes the title from Oakland Raiders' quarterback Derek Carr, who last month signed a five-year deal of his own averaging $25 million per year.

Matthew Stafford was the No. 1 overall selection out of Georgia in 2009, and was a high-school teammate of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw back in Dallas, the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball.

There has been media and fan speculation about the terms of Stafford's next deal, a mystery that came to an end Monday night.

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On January 14, 2014, the Detroit Lions announced Jim Caldwell as their new head coach. 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.

Obviously, the quarterback position is important in football, but Stafford hasn't accomplished as much as some of the NFL's other top quarterbacks. Since signing with the team, he's started 109 games and compiled a 51-58 record. He has been named to one Pro Bowl team and thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of past six seasons.

While Stafford is prolific, he has only been able to lead the Lions to the postseason three times and he's yet to win a playoff game. Since then, the eight-year veteran has posted over 30,000 passing yards, 187 touchdowns and 108 interceptions.

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