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Lions QB Matt Stafford reportedly leapfrogs Raiders Derek Carr as NFL’s highest paid player

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We knew it wouldn’t last long. Back in June when Derek Carr signed his new extension with the Raiders he became the NFL’s first $25 million man on a 5-year, $125 million deal that would keep him with the Raiders until 2022. That reign is now over.

Matthew Stafford has agreed to a new 5-year contract with the Detroit Lions. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter it is expected to surpass Carr’s deal and make Stafford the NFL’s new highest paid player.

According to Dave Birkett, the deal will pay Stafford $27 million per season, which is $2 million more per season than Carr. Wow.

That means Derek Carr was the highest paid player in NFL history for just a shade over two months.

We always knew it wouldn’t last long. Carr knew it too. But he didn’t care.

“I’m sure it will be passed soon, so I’m not too worried about it,” Carr said back on June 23rd of his new record deal.

Stafford was always the one who was expected to be next in line, with Kirk Cousins up after that. Though Cousins’ record contract may wait until he hits free agency next offseason. That is unless he and the brass in Washington can patch things up.