Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has begun his ninth NFL season and has played in a grand total of three playoff games – losing all three of them in the process.
As of Monday night, he is now the highest paid player in NFL history.
Stafford, who is entering a contract year, will reportedly ink a five-year deal worth $135 million. The extension will include $92 million in guaranteed money and a $50 million signing bonus, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
His deal tops the former titleholder of “highest paid player in league history”, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.
The Raiders signalcaller signed a five-year deal worth $125 million in June.
Can you imagine what Stafford would be worth if he actually had a playoff win or two under his belt?
Somewhere, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, and Drew Brees – all quarterbacks who have won or played in a Super Bowl – are wringing their hands in anticipation of eventually signing a new contract that will trump Stafford’s mega-deal.