Lions all-in with Stafford

Lions all-in with Stafford”

That time is gone.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have added another weapon for Ben Roethlisberger in the passing game, trading a 2018 fourth round draft pick to the San Francisco 49ers for tight end Vance McDonald. However, should they have really invested this much money into a quarterback who is 5-46 against teams over.500? After all, he helped guide his team to a Super Bowl appearance (and if not for blowing a 25-point lead.). He threw for 2,267 yards with a 53.3% completion percentage. Joe Flacco had gotten the Ravens to three AFC Championship games, one of them in his rookie campaign.

Of course quarterbacks do not get to take all the credit for wins, just as they can't take all the blame for losses.

Matthew Stafford was the No. 1 overall selection out of Georgia in 2009, and was a high-school teammate of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw back in Dallas, the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball.

On December 11, 2016, Stafford broke Peyton Manning's National Football League record of most fourth quarter comebacks in a season with eight.

The quarterback market continues to climb.

As far as the playoffs go, Stafford's performances have been forgettable. If he fails to play at a top-five level over that time, the Lions will struggle to even make the playoffs unless GM Bob Quinn pulls off minor miracles building up the rest of the team. He's out gunned Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to get to the Super Bowl. If you don't think he's worth the money? No team wants their franchise quarterback to hit the open market.

Considering the leverage some stars have with a rising cap and big franchise tag numbers, the highest paid quarterback is likely to be the most recently extended.

The "when" referred to the process of ironing out details and language within the deal so that it could please both Stafford and the Lions, a team willing to pay a high-dollar quarterback but that is also trying to build a team around him. "He was the next guy up, and he got a huge contract".

In theory, the Lions could have moved on from Stafford following this season and reallocated the funds heading to the quarterback to parts of the defense, which was the worst in the league last season, per our schedule-adjusted metrics.

Jets: Coach Todd Bowles says all of his healthy players could be available to play against Philadelphia on Thursday night - and that includes quarterbacks Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. However, it is important to remember that in the nine years before he was drafted, the Lions had only one winning season and no playoff appearances.

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