The new deal doesn't change the pressure that was already on his shoulders before signing it, Stafford apparently said. He squeezed in a morning lift. It was good stuff. Moreover, over the next year or two, more-proven quarterbacks like the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers will likely use Stafford's deal as a starting point to negotiate even bigger deals.
That amount reportedly includes an NFL-high $92m guaranteed and a record $50m signing bonus. A guy who otherwise seems to be a very talented player but has ultimately produced very average results over his eight seasons? He is also perfectly average in results with a 16-16 record - 12 quarterbacks have won more games over the last two seasons than Stafford has. "It's a lot of back and forth, it's a lot of conversations, a lot of emails, a lot of text messages".
The Lions gave the standout quarterback a five-year extension worth $135 million, keeping him under contract through 2022. "But in the back of my mind, I've always wanted to be here".
In April, Stafford made it clear he wanted to remain with Detroit. But there are always unknowns, just as in the actuarial model.
Quinn said he was hoping to get a deal done after the first time he and Stafford talked about a contract in the winter, but was willing to talk into the 2017 regular season.
Stafford became the league's highest-paid player and is also guaranteed roughly 70 percent of the total value. However, should they have really invested this much money into a quarterback who is 5-46 against teams over.500? "They don't deviate from their norm". In fact, the Lions have only three winning seasons with Stafford, one of which came last season without the retired Calvin Johnson.
It's nearly a foregone conclusion these days that any quality signal caller who gets a contract extension will become the league's highest-paid player.
If the Lions don't improve over the next few seasons, Stafford's contract won't be the reason.
Stafford's wife Kelly should be quite pleased to hear this.
Stafford, the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, has thrown for 30,303 yards and 187 touchdowns with an 86.8 passer rating in 109 career games.
In the end, Stafford's getting his rightful due-and if he keeps playing at the level he reached in 2016, Detroit will be getting a relative bargain.
"I'm just glad that we're getting this thing wrapped up and we can move on to the season".