Matthew Stafford is now the NFL's highest-paid player.
Kershaw was drafted seventh overall in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Dodgers. So Detroit re-signing arguably the greatest quarterback in their franchise's history was paramount this year.
In his first eight seasons, Stafford has been paid $110.7 million (pre-tax) by the Lions.
The Lions missed the postseason for nine consecutive years prior to Stafford's arrival in 2009, and have amassed a 51-58 record with the 6-foot-3, 226-pound quarterback under center.
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Matthew Stafford has an approximate net worth of $50 million. The six-year contract reportedly contained $41.7 million in guaranteed money and carried a total value of up to $78 million. After that, he has thrown for at least 4,250 yards and 20 touchdowns in each season and has posted a completion percentage of 65 or better in his last two.
The Lions announced on Monday that they have agreed to a five-year extension with Stafford that will keep him in Detroit through the 2022 season, when he will be 34 years old. He will be guaranteed $41.5 million through 2017. Lions President Rod Wood told Crain's before the 2016 season that initial talks were underway on a new contract, and speculation about an extension heated up in recent months. He would be replacing Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, due to a quad injury. Over his career, he has 30,303 passing yards with 187 touchdowns and 108 interceptions.