Matthew Stafford inks largest contract extension in NFL history

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Georgia football players Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno celebrate during the Bulldogs' blackout win over Auburn. / photo: Getty Images

By Kevin Keneely:

As the 2017 NFL season is just over a week away, former Georgia Bulldog Matthew Stafford has stolen the show by signing the largest contract extension in NFL history, a five-year extension worth $135 million with a $50 million signing bonus and $92 million guaranteed. All three of those figures are the highest all-time in the history of the league.

Throughout his first eight seasons, the UGA great has thrown for 30,303 yards, completing 61.5 percent of his throws, and 187 touchdowns. Stafford has played in 109 games over his eight-year career, averaging 278.0 passing yards a game, which is the most ever over a players first eight seasons in NFL history. The  Texas native has led the Lions on 16 game-winning drives over the last three seasons, which is the most in the NFL over that span of time.

When go-to wide receiver Calvin Johnson retired at the end of the 2015 season, people began to fear that Stafford’s production would take a hit, however, Stafford put together one of his best seasons yet, finishing his 2016 campaign with a 93.3 quarterback rating and 4,327 passing yards, completing 65.3 percent of his attempts, and 24 touchdowns. Additionally, Stafford orchestrated eight fourth-quarter comebacks, a single-season NFL record. Thus led the Lions to their first winning season since 2014.

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