It sure does pay to be Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
In fact, it paid $17.5 million on Friday.
Stafford signed a $53 million extension last year, and he received a $27.5 million signing bonus. However, $17.5 million was deferred, and the balance was due on Friday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Talk about a good reason to check your bank account at 12:01 a.m.
However, Stafford still must prove he is worth the investment.
Stafford finished with 4,650 yards, 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions last season (84.2 passer rating), but the Lions missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season with him under center. After a 6-3 start, Detroit proceeded to lose six of its remaining seven games. Stafford threw 12 interceptions and 10 interceptions during that stretch, and Detroit fired coach Jim Schwartz after that collapse.
The Lions hired coach Jim Caldwell this offseason, and he employed Joe Lombardi as the team’s offensive coordinator. Lombardi has worked with Peyton Manning and Drew Brees during his career, and the Lions hope he can transform Stafford into an elite quarterback.
He definitely is getting paid like one.
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