The Detroit Lions signed quarterback Matthew Stafford to the highest paid deal in NFL history. Stafford was surprised at the magnitude of the offer; he said, “I had no expectations going into it.”
The contract is for $135 over the course of five years. That’s $27 million per year total and $16.5 million per year in cash.
The largest contract privy to the recent transaction occurred earlier in 2017 for $125 million over five years. He signed for $25 million per year total with roughly between $20 million and $18 million in cash per year. That contract exists between quarterback Derek Carr and the Oakland, soon-to-be Las Vegas, Raiders.
The glaring issue with the difference in salary of the two deals is a matter of skill. That is an aspect of play that Stafford does not exceed most expectations in.
Most statisticians and critics would have fans believe that the New England Patriots’ legendary quarterback, generally considered, by-some, to be the greatest player, not solely in football, but in all sports, of all-time, Tom Brady, should be the highest paid player in NFL history by leaps and bounds, but he graciously allowed the Foxboro-based organization to pay him less, so they could sign other great players. Clearly, the Detroit team has taken a different approach, with a subpar man at the helm of their offense.
During his eight year career, the Michigan quarterback has only achieved a 51-58 record. That’s a winning percentage of only 46.8%.
By comparison, Brady, who has been in the league since 2000, is 183-52. He has a career winning percentage of 77.9%.
Going 9-7 last year, Stafford completed 65.3% of his passes for 4,327 yards and 24 touchdowns. Tied for the second worst record in the NFC playoff picture, Stafford led his team to an atrocious 26-6 loss in the Wild Card Game to the Seattle Seahawks.
Again, by comparison, Brady completed 67.4% of his passes for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns in only 12 games (due to his four game suspension for the “DeflateGate” scandal that started the 2016-17 season), four games less than Stafford had to play during the regular season. Brady also was the MVP of the Super Bowl in his team’s historic 25 point comeback to beat the Atlanta Falcons in New England’s 34-28 overtime victory.
Stafford’s dwindling numbers are representative of the absurdity of the deal. The Detroit decision is quite perplexing to the football world.