Report: Lions sign QB Matthew Stafford to extremely lucrative contract extension

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during organized team activities at Lions training facility. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during organized team activities at Lions training facility. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

It is rare to see the quarterback of a 4-12 team keep his job, let alone get signed to a multi-million dollar extension.

Such is the case, however, with the Detroit Lions and their star passer Matthew Stafford [Georgia]. After throwing for 4,967 yards in 2012, the team signed Stafford to a three-year extension on Tuesday worth $53 million in new money, according to ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.

Stafford still had two years and $23.5 million on his previous deal, meaning he is now under contract with Detroit through the 2017 season.

Stafford was still playing on his rookie contract. The Lions selected him No. 1-overall in 2009 and promptly signed him to a six-year deal worth up to $78 million.

The 25-year old is set to receiver $43 million in guaranteed dollars, or more than $10 million per 2012 win, for those wondering.

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