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NFL: Detroit Lions, QB Matthew Stafford Agree to New $76 M Deal
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NFL: Detroit Lions, QB Matthew Stafford Agree to New $76 M Deal

Jul 9 2013, 7:30pm CDT | by

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford reportedly agreed to a three-year extension that upped his five-year deal through 2017 to a whopping $76 million.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford agreed to a three-year extension that will have him stay with the team through 2017.  According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the agreement...

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NFL: Detroit Lions, QB Matthew Stafford Agree to New $76 M Deal

Jul 9 2013, 7:30pm CDT | by

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford reportedly agreed to a three-year extension that upped his five-year deal through 2017 to a whopping $76 million.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford agreed to a three-year extension that will have him stay with the team through 2017. 

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the agreement upped his deal to five years worth $76 million, making Stafford one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. Stafford was slated to make $12.5 million in the 2013 season with a $20.8-million cap charge, per Birkett. 

Stafford had two years and $23.5 million remaining on his previous deal and is now primed to receive around $41.5 million in guaranteed money. 

Fox Sports Detroit's Dave Dye notes Stafford is the latest top-notch quarterback to sign an extension, the others being Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens, Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. 

Dye also argues the new deal makes sense for both the Lions and Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick out of Georgia in the 2009 NFL draft. The development gives Detroit additional cap space of as much as $5 million in each of the next two seasons which could potentially allow the team to dangle an extension to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.  

Stafford could be due for another mega-deal as soon as the new contract is up in 2017, Dye writes. 

The 25-year-old quarterback owns single-season records for passing yards, touchdowns, completions and attempts. He, together with Brady, Drew Brees and Dan Marino are the only quarterbacks to top 5,000 yards in a single NFL season

Prior to the new contract extension, Stafford mentioned several times during the offseason he wanted to remain a Detroit Lion for the rest of his career, per Birkett.  

 
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Athletes You Never Knew Grew Up Together

Jul 29 2014 10:21am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Considering the extreme rarity of a child growing up to become a professional athlete, it seems exceedingly unlikely that two pros would have grown up together. But there are more examples of this than you might think. Mike Conley and Greg Oden played on perhaps one of the best AAU basketball teams of all time, and Clayton Kershaw and Matthew Stafford have made one Texas high school very proud. These athletes grew up competing with and against each other, learning ...
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Lions WR Golden Tate taken off PUP list

Jul 28 2014 4:48pm CDT | Source: Fantasy Football Toolbox

Lions wide receiver Golden Tate began training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, but as expected, he didn't stay there long. The Lions activated Tate, and he took part in his first practice with his new team Monday. Tate landed on the list after landing on his shoulder awkwardly during OTAs in May. FANTASY ANALYSIS: Tate's average draft position sits in the mid-to-late 30s among wide receivers. However, th ...
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Madden NFL 15 Player Ratings: Breaking Down Marks of Game's Top Stars

Jul 27 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Everyone's favorite sports game has started to release ratings for its biggest stars. Madden NFL 15 has bestowed high ratings to several NFL stars (and deservingly so). The players who earned top marks are notorious for making big plays. They are fixtures on the highlight reels, and they'll be a part of multiple highlights during gameplay. These guys can take over games in the NFL. They can now do the same in the virtual NFL. Take a look at how EA Spo ...
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2014 Fantasy Football Face-Off: Drew Brees vs. Matthew Stafford

Jul 15 2014 11:23am CDT | Source: Rant Sports

It goes without saying that Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and fantasy football owners have surely noticed with three straight 5,000-yard passing seasons and he now has three of the five most prolific passing seasons in league history. Matthew Stafford topped 5,000 yards himself in 2011, but after ...
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Matthew Stafford embracing an offseason of change

Jul 14 2014 9:25am CDT | Source: ProFootballTalk

The Lions haven’t had any consistent measure of success, but quarterback Matthew Stafford also hadn’t had to learn a new offense until this year. But with coach Jim Schwartz replaced by Jim Caldwell, Stafford’s offseason has changed, and he hopes the results will too. “I think I’ve embraced it,” Stafford said, via Mike O ...
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Lions giving Stafford more pre-snap freedom - Matthew Stafford | DET

Jun 13 2014 10:56am CDT | Source: Rotoworld.com

Matthew Stafford is expected to have more freedom to change plays pre-snap under new OC Joe Lomba ...
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Lions Fan Gets '2015 Super Bowl Champs' and Lombardi Trophy Tattooed on Leg

Jun 13 2014 10:15am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Detroit Lions fan David Morian is hoping that he will have the same luck as the Seattle Seahawks fan who got a "Super Bowl XLVIII Champs" tattoo before last season. The Lions went 7-9 and finished in third place in the NFC North in 2013. Despite the team's disappointing season last year, Morian has faith that his team will make a big improvement next season. On Friday, Morian got a tattoo on his leg that proclaimed the Lions "2015 Super Bowl Champs," complete with the L ...
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6 weeks ago

Lions giving Matthew Stafford a new look at himself

Jun 12 2014 8:09am CDT | Source: ProFootballTalk

Since Matthew Stafford is trying to climb the quarterback charts, new coach Jim Caldwell brought him a ladder. Or at least a ladder-cam. The new Lions boss is using an old-school teaching technique to try to help Stafford with his mechanics. It used to require an assistant standing on a ...
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The Highest-Paid NFL Player In 2014 Is…Matt Ryan?

Jun 12 2014 6:38am CDT | Source: SportsGrid

Forbes released its list of top-paid athletes for 2014 on Wednesday, and while the top five featured a somewhat predictable list of boxers (Floyd Mayweather was first for the second consecutive year, earning approximately $105 million), soccer stars (Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi ranked second and fourth, respectively), and NBA stars (LeBron James and Kobe Bryant were third and fifth, respectively), the only NFL player to crack the top 10 was Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, ...
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6 weeks ago

Tony Scheffler Retires from NFL After 3 Concussions in 4 Years

Jun 11 2014 2:17pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

After eight NFL seasons, tight end Tony Scheffler announced his retirement Wednesday due largely to multiple concussions suffered over the past several years. According to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com, Scheffler was concussed three times over the past four years, so he decided against pursuing any potential free-agent deals.     Following four seasons with the Denver Broncos, Scheffler played an additional four seasons for the Detroit Lions. He split time with Brandon Pettigrew and ...
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