Matthew Stafford's Extension Makes Detroit Lions' Future Plans Clear

The Detroit Lions are all in on Matthew Stafford as the former No. 1 overall pick received a three-year contract extension on Tuesday that will keep him in the Motor City through the 2017 NFL season. The young gunslinger from Dallas, Texas is now a rich man and the unquestioned franchise quarterback of the Lions’ future.

Stafford’s new deal is on top of the two years left on his current contract. So the $53 million extension on top of that equals $76.5 million over the next five seasons. Throw in the seven-year, $132 million extension the Lions gave Calvin Johnson last year and Detroit is going to be all about the Stafford-to-Megatron connection for the better part of the next decade.

And that’s not all! The Lions brought in Reggie Bush this offseason with a four-year, $16 million deal, so now they have their own version of an NBA Big Three. The spending is done, so now it’s time for Stafford and the Lions to put up or shut up.

Finally, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has to be smiling ear to ear now because the standard has been set for his contract extension that he’s expected to sign before the end of the upcoming season. Expect the Dirty Birds to top Stafford’s total and make it two extremely rich young quarterbacks this year.

Can you say cha-ching?

Be sure to check out these other great articles on Stafford’s new deal:

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