Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) drops back to pass against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Lions, Stafford Agree To $53 Million Extension


It was reported earlier today that the Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford were working on a long term extension. Initial numbers showed that it included a $27.5 million dollar signing bonus.

Now we find out more numbers about the contract, and it’s a rich one.

From the Associated Press:

Stafford and the Lions have agreed to terms on a $53 million, three-year extension to keep him under contract through 2017, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person, who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced, said Stafford will make $41.5 million in guarantees as part of a new contract.

The quarterback said last month that he wouldn’t focus on contract negotiations and eh’d let his agent negotiate with the team.

”I don’t play this game to get contracts,” Stafford said. ”I play this game to win games.”

Stafford has already earned an incredible amount of cash in his very short career, nearly $100 million at 25 years old. As a rookie he signed a six year contract worth $78 million, $41.7 of which was guaranteed.

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