Yes, you read that right. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is now the richest player in football.
The Lions handed out a five-year contract worth $135 million on Monday. That puts Stafford at $27 million annually, which tops the deal Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signed during the offseason. Carr’s new deal put him at $25 million annually.
While Stafford is a good enough quarterback, he’s never won a playoff game. He also doesn’t even have a .500 career record.
What’s more important here for our purposes, is this pushes Aaron Rodgers even further down the NFL’s salary list. Rodgers is currently eighth in the NFL in average salary at $22 million per season.
While he’s been playing it cool when talking about the potential of a deal, this may change things. There have been rumors that Stafford’s deal could end up being Rodgers’ breaking point.
Meanwhile, it sure seems like the Packers want to wait a couple years before giving Rodgers another extension. His current deal runs through the 2019 season.
And if this Stafford deal doesn’t blow your mind, there is also already talk that Rodgers could become the NFL’s first $200 million player.