Matthew Stafford Signs Big Deal with Lions

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The Detroit Lions have agreed to give quarterback Matthew Stafford a five-year, $135 million extension, according to multiple reports.

In 109 career regular season National Football League games, Stafford has thrown for 30,303 yards, 187 touchdowns, 108 interceptions and has a completion percentage of 61.5%. If not, Stafford's extension adds flexibility when it's time to decide on Ansah in the spring. Stafford has averaged 28 touchdown passes per season over that span.

The first overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft set a single-season NFL record for fourth quarter comebacks in 2016, recording eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime.

Detroit have been one and done in the postseason in each appearance with Stafford at the helm.

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Franchise tag numbers will also get a marked bump next offseason in the wake of the Stafford contract, so the Patriots would also have to spend more if they chose to go that route. He will be 34 in December, so giving him a five-year extension would keep him under contract through his 41st birthday.

Stafford is heading into his ninth season.

Stafford's deal will have an average annual value of $27 million. Stafford has developed a reputation for toughness: He's played through a number of injuries, including the final three games of last season, and then the playoff loss at Seattle, with an injured finger on his throwing hand. After that, he has thrown for at least 4,250 yards and 20 touchdowns in each season and has posted a completion percentage of 65 or better in his last two. Should he win another Super Bowl between now and 2019, he might just end up as the NFL's first $200 million player. He holds every franchise passing record, and if you are talking about pure arm talent, he's top-1o on everybody's list.

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