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Why Matt Stafford's record-breaking new contract is worth every penny

News of his imminent $130 million, five-year contract sparked a polarizin g reaction on Twitter, but dig a little deeper and you might find that it’s a deal most of us, if we were GMs, would probably make too.

Look around the league at the moment and you’ll find that the best quarterbacks are either north of 30 (Brady, Palmer, Brees), players who are already locked into their teams (Newton, Wilson, Luck), or they’re both (Roethlisberger, Ryan, Rodgers).

In reality, teams with less-than-elite quarterbacks contend all the time, as long as they spend a bit more building a system to amplify their strengths.

That ability to put points on the board in a hurry is why he already boasts 25 fourth quarterback comebacks , including eight last year.

Now that Stafford’s future is essentially locked down, the Lions need to two things: A good defense, which will be able to cover for an aggressively pass-happy offense when the turnovers inevitably come, and multiple downfield threats.

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