Matthew Stafford, Lions agree to three-year extension


(Paul Sancya / AP)

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have reached agreement on a three-year, $53 million contract extension.

All told, Stafford’s five-year total is in the $75 million range, with with $43 million guaranteed, according to the Detroit News. The No. 1 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Stafford will be signed through 2017. ESPN first reported the deal.

Stafford is one of only three NFL quarterbacks (Drew Brees and Tom Brady are the others) to pass for over 10,000 yards over two seasons.

It’s been a good offseason for quarterbacks, with Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo all cashing in. And the best thing about Stafford’s new deal? When it expires, he’ll still be under the age of 30 and, if he’s healthy, he’s going to be in line for another big payday.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · July 9, 2013