Matthew Stafford Denies $25MM/Year Target

Over the weekend, it was reported that Matthew Stafford wants $25MM per year on his next contract. When asked about those rumblings today, Stafford issued a clear denial. Matthew Stafford (vertical)

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That was news to me, to tell you the truth,” Stafford said. “Hadn’t, obviously, had any thoughts of that in my mind, to tell you the truth. I don’t know where that came from or how it got out there, but I’m focused on our team, this season, playing well this week. That’s really all I care about.”

It’s possible that Stafford has that $25MM figure in mind, but doesn’t want his contract to become a distraction for the team. Stafford may also be telling the truth on a technicality. It could be his reps that are seeking $25MM per season while he mostly stays out of the talks. In any event, this is a public denial by Stafford that he is eyeing a contract that would make him the highest-paid player in the NFL.

Stafford closed strong in 2015 and he has continued to play well through the first half of 2016. He’s not the top quarterback in the NFL, but timing is everything and between his contract year performance, the league’s dearth of reliable quarterbacks, and the increased salary cap, he could be poised to set a new watermark. Stafford doesn’t turn 29 until February and Andrew Luck‘s five-year extension worth $24.6MM per year could be in his crosshairs.

So far this year, Stafford is Pro Football Focus’ No. 9 rated QB in the NFL, putting him behind Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Luck, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Derek Carr, Carson Wentz, and Cam Newton. By that measure, he’s also ahead of guys like Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, and Philip Rivers.

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9 comments on “Matthew Stafford Denies $25MM/Year Target

  1. Louisiana Farmhand

    Y’all be crazy if ya think he worth 25. He ain’t so good QB. He ok. He bout worth half that. But Lions be wackos and he can sling it. Got that good ol southern QB arm. Sling sling chicken wing, look who just threw another TD. That’s what people be saying y’all. He put the food on the table for y’all lions.

    • mcfattykins

      He gon get cajun grilled this Sunday?

      • Louisiana Farmhand

        Sell the bell off that cow y’all. He a goin up on Jaguars and he bound to be havin a good ol time. Take one gander at that team and you reckon you got 50 ways to win. Touchdowns and big plays are easy livin against jaguars.

        • JT19

          Except their pass defense and overall defense has been good. Their run defense has been pretty bad. And they can’t rush the passer or force turnovers.

          • Louisiana Farmhand

            Stafford set up for career day on those scrub a dub dubs. We all know it be true. Big plays all around coming up for lions. Can’t stop it just watch it. Smokin.

  2. Winz305

    I feel stupider after reading the comments for some odd reason..

    • Louisiana Farmhand

      It happened already cause it ain’t stupider youngin it’s more stupid to be correct English up in the city

  3. sbrown285

    Stafford needs to win in the playoffs first to command that kind of money.

    • ammythomas08

      until I looked at the paycheck saying $4730 , I did not believe that…my… brother woz like actualy bringing in money part time from there computar. . there friend brother started doing this for less than 7 months and resently paid for the morgage on there home and bought a new Cadillac …….


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