The deal will make Stafford the highest - paid player in NFL history, according to ESPN. NFL Media later reported the five-year contract to be. The Lions have signed quarterback Matthew Stafford to a five-year contract extension that makes him the highest - paid player in NFL history. The Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford agreed on a contract extension Monday that is worth $ million over five years and will make the. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford signed a five-year, $ million contract extension, according to multiple reports. The deal is the. AP: Lions ' Stafford Becomes Highest - Paid Player In NFL History. QB Reportedly Agrees To 5-Year, $ Million Extension Off Season That. Stafford and the Lions have a five-year deal. Being the NFL's highest paid player is designation that doesn't last very long. Raiders QB Derek.