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Matthew Stafford Becomes The Highest-Paid Player In NFL History


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Matthew Stafford, drafted in 2009, is the starting quarterback for the Detroit Lions.

Raised in Dallas, Texas, Stafford attended Highland Park High School and played college football at the University of Georgia. He was drafted by the Lions first overall in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Stafford is the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season, being one of three players to do it in 2011 and is the fastest player in NFL history to reach 30,000 passing yards. Stafford also holds the NFL record for the most comeback wins in a season, recording eight in the 2016 NFL season.

In 2017 he signed a $135 million extension with the Lions, making him the highest paid player in NFL history.

Matthew Stafford Net Worth 2017: How Much Is Detroit Lions QB Worth?

Matthew Stafford has an approximate net worth of $50 million.


On April 24, 2009, agreed to record contract terms with the Detroit Lions to become the first overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, one day before the draft was held. The six-year contract reportedly contained $41.7 million in guaranteed money and carried a total value of up to $78 million.

Stafford was named a Pro Bowl alternate for the NFC after the 2011 NFL season. He was later named the 2011 Pro Football Weekly Comeback Player of the Year, AP Comeback Player of the Year and NFL Alumni Quarterback of the Year.

On July 7, 2013, Stafford agreed to a 3-year, $53 million extension with the Lions. He will be guaranteed $41.5 million through 2017.


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

On January 19, 2015, it was announced that Stafford was selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl, his first Pro Bowl appearance. He would be replacing Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, due to a quad injury. For the game, he was named Pro Bowl Offensive MVP, with 316 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and one interception.

On December 13, 2015, Stafford reached 25,000 passing yards in his 90th career game, becoming the fastest quarterback to reach this milestone, surpassing the previous record held by Dan Marino of 92 games.

On December 11, 2016, Stafford broke Peyton Manning’s NFL record of most fourth quarter comebacks in a season with eight. In his career, he has 25 such victories, the most in the NFL since he made his debut in 2009.

On Monday, August 29, 2017, Stafford became the highest-paid player in NFL history with the five-year extension he signed with the Detroit Lions.

Stafford’s deal will have an average annual value of $27 million.

Stafford’s deal is expected to guarantee him a record $92 million, including a $50 million signing bonus.

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