Move over Derek Carr, you have some company.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Detroit Lions are expected to sign quarterback Matthew Stafford to a five-year contract extension that will make him the highest-paid player in NFL history.
Lions and Matthew Stafford agreed to five-year contract expected to make him highest paid player in NFL history, a team source told ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 29, 2017
That can now be thrown out the window.
Per Schefter’s reporting, Stafford’s new deal will surpass the $25 million Carr received annually on the extension he signed during the spring.
Carr’s contract called for $125 million over five seasons with $70.2 million guaranteed. It sure looks like Stafford will indeed overtake him on the pay scale.
Stafford, 29, was previously set to play under the final year of his contract at $22 million. That’s obviously no longer going to be the case.
The deal itself is said to be worth $135 million over five seasons, surpassing Carr by an average of $2 million per season.
The #Lions and QB Matthew Stafford agreed on a 5-year extension worth $135M, source said. Huge.💰💰💰
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2017
There will definitely be further updates as this story continues to break.