Matthew Stafford has a contract worth a whopping $23.3 million over five years, which includes $15 million in guaranteed money.
That means Stafford’s guaranteed salary is already over $60 million.
And Stafford is still only 29 years old.
That’s right, Stafford’s only 25 years old when he signed his deal.
He’s already proven to be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
So why would he sign a five year deal when he’s so young?
Stafford’s signing bonus is about $9.5 million.
That puts Stafford on pace to earn $4.5M per season through the 2021 season.
Thats $5.5 Million per season.
This isn’t a one-year wonder.
Stafford signed his five-years, $23 million contract in 2021.
He signed his first five years in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Stafford already has two years left on the deal.
His 2019 base salary is about half what Stafford’s 2017 base salary was, which is $16.9 million.
Stafford’s 2021 base salary isn’t $15.6 million, but it’s only about $5M below what his 2017 base pay was, according to Spotrac.
This is an important factor in Stafford’s decision to sign his deal with the Lions.
His guaranteed salary will likely be significantly lower than his 2017 deal.
Stafford is only a year older, but his salary is actually significantly lower.
Stafford will make more money over the next five years than he would have with the Rams or Giants.
Stafford isn’t guaranteed to be a starting quarterback in 2018, but he will still earn about $10.3M over the duration of the deal, according a Spotrac salary projection.
He will be a top 5 starter in 2021, when he has a $17.1M base salary, according the projections.
Stafford also has more leverage than other quarterbacks in his contract.
The Lions are allowed to match any money the franchise spends on free agents, which means Stafford has more bargaining power than most other teams.
The deal is contingent on Stafford playing well in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
Stafford has played well this season.
Stafford threw for over 300 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
He also rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Stafford did not play in Week 6, but Stafford still had five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.
The team also has been very good at keeping Stafford in the pocket.
Stafford completed just 23.5 percent of his passes in Week 7.
He had only three passes that went for at least 40 yards.
Stafford was targeted six times in Week 8, which was a season low.
Stafford didn’t throw a touchdown pass on the final drive of the game.
Stafford had no touchdowns or interceptions on the last six plays of the Lions’ win over the 49ers.
Stafford wasn’t sacked twice.
Stafford only threw one interception.
Stafford finished the game with three completions for 31 yards.
That total of completions was the most by any quarterback in the Lions offense all season.
The Detroit Lions offense finished with only 21 points against the San Francisco 49ers, but that was a big drop-off from the 24 points the team scored against the Oakland Raiders the previous week.
Stafford took over for a lost Matt Cassel, who left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.
Stafford said after the game that Cassel is doing better than he thought he would be.
Stafford continued to have a big week with the offense, completing 16 of his 20 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns.
It was a huge step forward for Stafford, who has been on the sidelines with a knee injury since Week 3.
Stafford ended the week with a team-leading eight completions, which tied him for the second most in a game by a quarterback this season behind Derek Carr.
Stafford posted another career-high passing grade of 77.4 percent, and threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns.