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According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Lions are signing Stafford to a five-year extension that will make him the highest paid player in NFL history.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees hasn't discussed his contract situation this year other than to say he wants to play out the final year of his current deal in 2017.

In total value, the contract eclipses Oakland quarterback Derek Carr's five-year, $125 million deal inked in June.

The Lions did not issue numbers, but NFL.com claims the deal is worth $135 million.

Matthew Stafford, drafted in 2009, is the starting quarterback for the Detroit Lions. The Lions earned the number 1 pick after going 0-16 in 2008. The deal reportedly includes a $50 million signing bonus and $92 million guaranteed.

The Stafford deal getting done means Ziggy Ansah is the highest-profile player not yet under contract beyond this season.

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The 29-year-old is now under contract through 2022.

But Stafford bounced back, leading his team down the field for a penalty-assisted drive that concluded with a game-winning QB scramble for a Lions' touchdown. As freshmen, Kershaw was Stafford's center on the football team in the fall.

In his 109 starts, the Lions have a 51-58 record.

Last year, Stafford threw for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while also leading the Lions' to an wonderful eight fourth quarter comebacks. He went on to lose the last three games of the season to finish 9-7. Good thing Stafford had a great season previous year.

On Monday, the Lions and Stafford made that long-term possibility a reality.

Stafford's agent is Tom Condon of Los Angeles-based Creative Artist Agency.

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