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szdaily -> Sports
Stafford becomes NFL’s richest
    2017-August-30  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE Lions and quarterback Matt Stafford reached an agreement on a contract extension Monday that will make him the highest-paid player in U.S. National Football League (NFL) history at a reported US$27 million per year. Stafford’s new contract surpasses Derek Carr’s US$25 million-per-year deal that was signed in June.

Stafford’s contract should set a new benchmark that will lead to the first US$30 million-per-year NFL player.

Leading up to Stafford’s record deal, though, the NFL quarterback (QB) market actually had been somewhat sluggish. The QB market had been slow since Aaron Rodgers’ decision to sign a US$22 million-per-year-contract in 2013. That number became a ceiling for every quarterback contract that followed until 2016, when Joe Flacco was able to use some incredible salary cap leverage to negotiate a three-year contract with the Ravens worth US$22.1 million per year.

Flacco’s contract opened the door for market growth, which has now seen four different players earn the “highest-paid” label. The big jump in salary came from Andrew Luck, who signed a US$24.594 million-per-year contract with the Colts in June 2016. Carr earlier this year became the first US$25 million-per-year player in league history, and Stafford is the newest market leader. The Lions passer’s US$2 million raise was likely based in part on Luck’s US$2 million increase over Flacco.

The contracts of Stafford and Carr show just how much leverage quarterbacks have over front offices. In the past, players often were graded in part by playoff success and wins. Carr has never played in a playoff game, and Stafford has never won a playoff game. (SD-Agencies)

 

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