Report: Lions sign Matthew Stafford to record extension

Matthew Stafford

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.

A deal between the two sides had been bandied about for some time. But the closer we moved to the regular season, the less likely an extension seemed.

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.

There will definitely be further updates as this story continues to break.