Lions react to Matthew Stafford’s $135 million contract extension

Teammates congratulated the QB who didn’t have much to say

ALLEN PARK >> Tuesday was just another work day for Matthew Stafford after he signed a five-year, $135 million contract extension with the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

“Honestly I feel like everyone around us talked about it more than he did. I don’t think he said a single word about his contract,’’ wide receiver Golden Tate said. “You would expect that from Matt anyway. Everyone in here was congratulating him, I know we’ve all been talking about it all day. We’re excited.

“I think this is a huge signing for this organization. I think Matt has proved he’s a top-tier quarterback, he’s an elite quarterback, he’s tough as nails. That’s what you want. This is a great signing,’’ Tate added.

The deal makes Stafford the NFL’s highest paid player in history.

Tate, who is entering his fourth season with the Lions, said Stafford played a role in his decision to originally sign with Detroit.

“I know in my decision three or four years ago, it played a huge part to have a quarterback. I’ve seen great receivers start off with a great quarterback, I’ve seen OK receivers with a great quarterback and they looked really good and I’ve seen really good receivers that go somewhere without a quarterback and they just disappear,’’ Tate said.

He thinks having Stafford will have an impact on drawing free agent receivers, but he’s happy with who they have on the roster now.

Plus, he’s thrilled to be on the same team with the highest paid player in the NFL.

“I’m really happy, I have two years left on my contract and I’m very confident I’m going to have a really good quarterback throwing to me. Honestly I’d like to be here for the remainder of my career and help this organization do great things,’’ Tate said.

Backup quarterback Jake Rudock said he saw no difference in Stafford on Tuesday morning.

“Same dude, came in and we did our workout together,’’ Rudock said.

“It’s awesome, I saw it this morning, I thought great for him. He deserves it, he works so hard . he does so much more that you guys never see and never hear about. He works his tail off,’’ Rudock said. “I’m really happy for him.’’

 

Why Lions’ extension with Matthew Stafford was the right move

When you have a franchise QB, you keep him

Matthew Stafford’s five-year $135 million contract extension with the Lions just makes sense. The team announced the extension on Monday night reporting that he’s signed through 2022.

Look, if you’re an NFL owner and you’ve got a good, young quarterback who is still trending up, you make sure you keep him in town. Kudos to Martha Firestone Ford and to GM Bob Quinn for getting the deal done.

An NFL team without a good quarterback is nothing.

A team with a franchise quarterback at least has a fighting chance.

Stafford is just 29 years old and has eight years of NFL experience. His teammates say he’s more vocal and has improved his leadership even more since the start of training camp.

He is widely respected in the locker room from players on both sides of the ball. He’s dedicated and committed to winning.

Stafford possesses a good combination of traits for a quarterback — a rocket for an arm, he thrives on pressure, has a high football I.Q. and he is not afraid of hard work.

He’s led the team to the playoffs in two of the past three seasons. He has yet to win a playoff game, but that is not all on him. A run game and a consistent defense would help the cause.

Stafford has found ways to give back to the community even though he’s not too vocal about it.

He may be from Dallas, but he is a good fit in Detroit.

Lions, Matthew Stafford agree to 5-year extension worth $135 million

Deal expected to make him highest paid NFL player

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has agreed to a five-year extension that is expected to make him the highest paid player in NFL history. The Lions made the announcement on Monday night that he is signed through the 2022 season.

Multiple reports have the deal valued at $27 million per year or $135 million for five years. It includes a $50 million signing bonus and $92 million guaranteed, both NFL highs, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

(Photo of Stafford reading to his twin daughters was posted on his wife Kelly’s Instagram account on Monday.)

Stafford, 29, had one year remaining on his contract. The two sides have been talking for months to get a deal done.

The quarterback, entering his ninth season, has not had much to say about the negotiations, leaving everything up to his agent and the team.

He has led the Lions to the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, but has yet to win a postseason game.

The quarterback has led 28 game-winning drives in his career when trailing or tied in the fourth quarter or overtime. He had eight of those drives in the 2016 season.

Lions wide receiver Golden Tate posted congratulations on his Instagram account: “Congrats my friend, you deserve every blessing that’s coming your way! No one deserves this more than you. The attitude and dedication you bring every day is contagious …”

Lions punter Sam Martin tweeted his thoughts: “So happy for my dude! Congrats niner!”

Dan Orlovsky, who was Stafford’s backup for three years, posted on Twitter: “I was there for all these, and I still LOVE watching this dude ball. I watched this dude work, and prepare, and grind, and play through. For him it represents so much more than a $ amount. It’s a professional pride he has that’s unmatched. Congrats 9”

Stafford was the first overall pick in the 2009 draft. He surpassed 30,000 passing yards in the fewest games (109) ever by a quarterback in NFL history. He broke the previous record of 114 games set by Dan Marino and Kurt Warner.

With 30,303 passing yards, he joined Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan and Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to hit the 30,000-yard mark in their first eight seasons.

Currently the NFL’s highest paid player is Derek Carr, the Raiders’ quarterback, who makes $25 million a year.