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.