Time for Detroit Lions to make Matthew Stafford NFL’s highest-paid QB – Detroit Lions News

Time for Detroit Lions to make Matthew Stafford NFL’s highest-paid QB – Detroit Lions News

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Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press

Now that Kirk Cousins and Washington couldn’t agree to a deal, it’s time for Lions to make Stafford the NFL’s highest-paid QB — even if that’s wrong

Now it’s Matthew Stafford’s turn.

The Detroit Lions quarterback will get his turn to play contract-negotiation bingo after Washington and Kirk Cousins couldn’t come to an agreement on a long-term deal. The two parties settled on the former Michigan State QB playing this season under the franchise tag for $23.9 million when the deadline arrived Monday.

Cousins’ inability to secure a long-term deal that topped an annual average salary of $25 million is slightly bad news for Stafford. If Cousins could have surpassed the deal the Oakland Raiders paid Derek Carr in June ($125 million for five years), that would have set the new bar for quarterback pay.

In reality, no one expected Cousins to beat Carr’s deal. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Washington’s offer to Cousins was well short of $23.9 million and only guaranteed two years of salary.

So the QB megabuck bar stays at Carr’s $25-million average. But how long will it stay there? Someone inevitably will set the new bar, but will it be Stafford?

My guess is yes, for two reasons. The NFL is, quite literally, an arms race when it comes to what teams are willing to pay…

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