Detroit quarterback highest paid in the NFL

DETROIT MI- AUGUST 19 Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford walks off of the field at the conclusion of a preseason game between the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions

On its official Twitter account, the Lions said the deal runs through 2022.

Stafford's new deal is worth $135 million over five years, $10 million more than the Raiders' Derek Carr, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Stafford, 29, made a total of $110,778,969 over his first eight years with the Lions, according to Spotrac, and he was scheduled to earn $16.5 million this season before agreement on the new contract was reached.

But the New Orleans Saints quarterback admitted that when he saw the news of Stafford's deal, he did send a text to agent Tom Condon, who also happens to be Stafford's agent.

Stafford holds nearly every team passing record. Since signing with the team, he's started 109 games and compiled a 51-58 record. Stafford led the National Football League in pass attempts in both 2011 and 2012, throwing for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2011 with 4,967 yards and just 20 touchdowns a year later. A really good quarterback will be expected to be great moving forward, a threshold Stafford is unlikely to cross.

Since becoming the Lions' starter, Stafford has led them to three playoff appearances but they lost in the Wild Card game each time.

Nation, are you as excited as the Staffords are about the next six years? He missed 19 games his first two seasons, but none since. Good thing Stafford had a great season past year.

Stafford's current deal includes a $27.5 million signing bonus and guarantees $41.5 million payments, and translates this season into a $22 million hit against the salary cap.

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