After winning the Super Bowl his first season, Matthew Stafford, Quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams has signed a four-year extension to his contract through 2026.
According to ESPN, the deal that Stafford signed on Saturday was worth $160million, with $135million guaranteed.
Stafford will cash in on his stellar debut season with Rams after 12 seasons as a Detroit Lions player. The Lions traded him the 2009 No. Stafford is cashing in on his spectacular debut season with the Rams after 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions. The 2009 No. 1 overall pick was traded to Los Angeles last year. Stafford would have been 38 years old by the end of the extension.
Stafford will enter the last year of his $135 million, five-year deal in Detroit. However, he has repeatedly stated that he does not want to go anywhere.
The Rams will retain their championship core and add new players with his new deal. Stafford could almost have been paid more at the top of this quarterback market. Aaron Rodgers’ deal with the Packers now amounts to a $150 million, three-year contract.
Stafford didn’t win a playoff game during his 12 seasons with the Lions. However, he saw his immense potential after joining Sean McVay, a skilled offense, and Cooper Kupp, who was the NFL’s first receiving leader.
Stafford set a franchise record of 4,886 yards passing during the 17-game regular season. He also tied Kurt Warner’s team record with 41 touchdown passes, while leading the Rams in their NFC West title.
The next four playoff wins of his career saw him excel, passing for 1,188 yards with nine touchdowns and just three interceptions. In the fourth quarter, he led the game-winning drives of the Rams’ last three playoff games. This included their Super Bowl win over Cincinnati at SoFi Stadium.
The Rams are also working to extend the contract of Aaron Donald, All-Pro defensive tackle.
Stafford’s contract will change the Rams’ salary cap, which has already seen the team lose several of its free agents. Los Angeles signed veteran receiver Allen Robinson, and the team hopes to keep Odell Beckham Jr.