Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew
Stafford have reportedly agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $43
million on Tuesday.
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the deal will include the final two
years on his current contract and he will make around $76 million over the
next five years, $43 million of which is guaranteed.
The first overall pick of the 2009 draft out of Georgia, Stafford is coming
off a 2012 campaign that saw him pass for 4,967 yards with 20 touchdowns and
That came on the heels of his 2011 season that saw him set several team
records for a single season as he passed for 5,038 yards with 41 touchdowns
and 16 picks, leading the team to its first playoff appearance since 1999. He
joined Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks to top
5,000 yards in a season.
After having the 2009 and 2010 seasons cut short due to injury, the 25-year-
old has appeared in all 32 games the past two seasons.
In 45 games over four seasons, he has completed 59.8 percent of his passes for
12,807 yards with 80 touchdowns and 54 interceptions, along with seven
touchdowns on the ground.
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