Matthew Stafford looking for elite money and definitely has been making his case

With the Lions on their bye this week, news broke that Matthew Stafford will be looking to earn a second huge payday after the season. A payday, that if given, would put him in the company of Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, and Eli Manning.

Back in 2013, Stafford and the Lions agreed to a 3-year, $53 million extension. That current deal will expire at the end of next season. However, according to CBS Sports Jason La Canfora, allowing a quarterback of Stafford’s caliber to play a lame duck season is “not ideal.” The Lions will have the opportunity to let Stafford play, then franchise him in 2018, but that number will likely be around $25 million. It makes more sense to lock him up, for elite money, now.

The question becomes, does Stafford deserve elite money?  Quite simply, yes. His performance this season is nothing short of MVP caliber. He is the reason the Lions are sitting in a position to make the playoffs and possibly win the division.

For a better perspective on his peers, Luck of the Colts inked a six-year  contract this past June worth close to $140 million dollars, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history. Manning with the Giants signed a four-year, $84 million extension back in September of 2015 just as the season was getting underway. And Aaron Rodgers is signed through the next three years after 2016 and going to make $22 million per.

After Luck, Rodgers ranks 4th among highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL this season, while Manning is also sitting in the top 10, checking in at No. 8. One would find Stafford, who has easily been one of the more prolific and clutch quarterbacks in the league this year, sitting 19th on that totem pole of quarterbacks, behind the likes of Kirk Cousins of the Redskins, Ryan Tannehill of the Dolphins, Jay Cutler of the Bears, and Brock Osweiler of the Texans… gross.

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The Lions should make every effort to lock Stafford up, and make sure he stays in Detroit. Someone will pay him, let’s hope that new GM Bob Quinn feels the same and is the one to pony up. Do the right thing, Detroit.

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