Lions quarterback Matt Stafford has traded a $16.5 million base salary in 2017 plus the ability to play the Kirk Cousins year-to-year franchise tag game for a new five-year extension. His $50 million signing bonus is the most in league history, eclipsing the $40 million given last year by the Ravens to Joe Flacco.
We have agreed to terms with QB Matthew Stafford on a five-year contract extension through the 2022 season.— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 29, 2017
Stafford was one of three potential big name QBs that could have hit the market this off-season. The others being Drew Brees and Kirk Cousins. That's one less guy the Jags could have made a run at. The Jaguars QB Situation is one of the more perplexing ones in the League. With a potential windfall at the position coming up in the 2018 draft could the organization use a first round pick for the 3rd time in 8 years on a QB. Only time will tell. Stafford could've been a possibility with this ties to Georgia. Now that's one less potential toy in the bin on Christmas Eve.