Detroit Lions make Matthew Stafford the highest-paid player in the NFL with $135 million contract

DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Detroit Lions.

The team announced Monday night the deal keeps the quarterback under contract through the 2022 season.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the deal is worth $US135 million.

The $US27 million average annual salary makes Stafford the NFL’s highest-paid player. The deal eclipses the $US25 million average annual salary Derek Carr received this offseason in his new contract with the Oakland Raiders.

Stafford was entering the last season of his $US53 million, three-year contract. He stood to get quite a raise and perhaps a deal richer than the $US125 million, five-year contract the Oakland Raiders gave Derek Carr this summer.

Stafford said last week he hadn’t decided whether he would allow negotiations to drag into the season.

Detroit drafted Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009. He helped the Lions reach the playoffs last season for the third time in six seasons, but hasn’t been able to help them win in the postseason.

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