The Lions and quarterback Matt Stafford reached an agreement on a contract extension Monday that will make him the highest-paid player in NFL history at a reported $27 million per year.
Flacco’s contract opened the door for market growth at the position, which has now seen four different players earn the “highest paid" label, starting with Flacco.
Carr earlier this year became the first $25 million-per-year player in league history, and Stafford is the newest market leader.
This should help other quarterbacks in the future who have been unable to experience the success of a QB like Rodgers or Tom Brady.
He was one of the last two beneficiaries (Sam Bradford was the other) of the old CBA that gave rookies the ability to negotiate large contracts before stepping foot on the field.
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