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Matthew Stafford has been trending toward big payday for a while

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Matthew Stafford

Allen Park -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is seeking a contract extension that would pay him $25 million per season, according to a CBS Sports report.

This number should come as a surprise to no one. Stafford has been on course to land the richest contract in NFL history for months, and his recent play, which has him in the MVP conversation, has only validated those projections.

This is how it works in the NFL. Highest-paid doesn’t mean best as much as it means signed last. This summer, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck signed a six-year, $140-million pact with the franchise that drafted him No. 1 in 2012.

Stafford was asked about the deal, shortly after Luck signed.

“Yeah, I thought it was a good deal,” Stafford said. “I’m never against anybody making as much money as they can. That’s great. This is a limited-time business. We don’t get to play this game until we’re 50, and you know, he’s a heck of a player. He’s deserving of every cent and I would imagine he’s excited to just kind of put that behind him and go play now. He’s got whatever, five or six years or whatever it is to just kind of go out there and play football. I thought it was good. I thought it was good for our league, and good for the position.”

Idle Lions move into first place in NFC North

Stafford’s contract doesn’t expire until after the 2017 season, but it’s believed the Lions will work diligently on getting an extension done this offseason.

Stafford is currently in the second season of a three-year extension he signed in 2013 that averaged $17.7 million per season. His cap hits in 2016 and 2017 are $22 million and $22.5 million, respectively.

In his eighth season, the 29-year-old Stafford is arguably having his best season. He’s completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 2,373 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. The Lions are 5-4 and in first place in the NFC North.