Matt Stafford just signed a massive, five-year $135 million deal. The annual $27 million per year salary makes him the highest paid quarterback in the NFL.
In the immediate reaction to the contract news, many have vocally criticized the deal, saying Stafford isn’t worth the money because he hasn’t had any playoff success and isn’t even the best quarterback in the NFC North. That’s Aaron Rodgers.
Colin thinks these critics are completely wrong, and thinks Stafford is worth every penny of the contract, and then some.
He’s been the duct tape holding together a chaotic organization that’s hired and fired coaches and executives for 30 years, and hasn’t consistently surrounded him with a competitive roster. Stafford has thrown the second most passes since he entered the league – Drew Brees is first – which speaks to the burden that’s placed on him to win games. As in, it’s ALL on him. That’s the definition of a franchise quarterback.
Stafford is the only consistency the organization has had to hang his hat on, and that’s worth every penny. Besides, who’s the better quarterback out there to replace him with? The answer is, there aren’t any.
Colin believes you pay Stafford what the market bears, and you move on. Besides, he’s only making the same amount of money as Otto Porter with the Wizards. No need to freak out.
“What is the price of Matt Stafford? What is the price of not having Matt Stafford?”
Matthew Stafford is worth every dollar the Lions pay him pic.twitter.com/b4ClBUWmrX
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 29, 2017