Lions give QB Matthew Stafford 5-year contract worth reported $135 million

And the Detroit Lions did just that late Monday night, agreeing to a massive contract extension with their starting quarterback, Matthew Stafford.

On July 7, 2013, Stafford agreed to a 3-year, $53 million extension with the Lions. The $27 million per year leapfrogs deals signed by both Derek Carr and Andrew Luck over the past few months.

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Just one season before he was set to hit free agency, Matthew Stafford received a new deal from the team that drafted him - and it's a big one.

In 2016, the quarterback, now 29, broke the National Football League record for the most comeback wins in a season (previously held by Peyton Manning) when he recorded eight fourth quarter comebacks. The Lions earned the number 1 pick after going 0-16 in 2008. The deal reportedly includes a $50 million signing bonus and $92 million guaranteed.

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The Lions made the official announcement shortly thereafter. Since then, the eight-year veteran has posted over 30,000 passing yards, 187 touchdowns and 108 interceptions.

Stafford's market-setting contract could also have ramifications for the Patriots' future financial decisions at quarterback. He helped the Lions reach the playoffs last season for the third time in six seasons, but hasn't been able to help them win in the postseason.

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After guiding the Lions to a 9-4 start in 2016, Stafford suffered a late-season hand injury in Week 14. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and has led Detroit to two playoff berths.

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