Matthew Stafford will be the highest-paid NFL player ever, for now

The Detroit Lions have pegged Matthew Stafford as their franchise quarterback ever since drafting the big-armed passer with the first pick in the 2009 NFL draft. On Monday, the Lions rewarded Stafford’s MVP-caliber 2016 season by making him the highest-paid player in league history, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Stafford and Detroit agreed on a five-year contract extension worth $135 million, per’s Ian Rapoport, eclipsing the five-year, $125 million deal Derek Carr signed with the Raiders earlier this summer.

The deal includes a $50 million signing bonus and the potential for $92 million guaranteed. Both are NFL records.

The deal is the 29-year-old quarterback’s second extension with the Lions, coming on the heels of a three-year, $53 million pact back in 2013. He was slated to earn $22 million this fall before this most recent restructuring. Now he’s set to earn $27 million per year under the new deal.

Locking down Stafford needed to be a priority for the Lions this offseason. This new deal will keep the Lions’ passing game clicking into the next decade — and

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