With salary caps rising and quarterback play more important than ever, franchises — except for the one in Washington -- are spending big to ensure a steady hand at the helm of their offense.
It’s a ton of money to spend on a player with no All-Pro selections and just one Pro Bowl invite to his name, but Stafford’s steady playmaking and growth make it a sound investment.
In 2016, he proved he could thrive without Calvin Johnson as a downfield security blanket, helping Golden Tate and Marvin Jones put together two of the best campaigns of their respective careers.
Because of Stafford’s dominant performance last season, Detroit clinched a Wild Card spot at 9-7, and he threw for 4,327 yards to go along with 24 touchdowns to only 10 interceptions.
If he can stay healthy and continue to shred defenses, Detroit will be happy it gave Stafford a lucrative contract.
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