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Lions Quarterback Stafford Signs $76 Million Contract Extension

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July 10 (Bloomberg) -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford signed a three-year extension that keeps him under contract through the 2017 National Football League season.

“Happy to be in Detroit for at least 5 more” years, Stafford, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft, said on his Twitter feed. “Love this team and city!”

The Lions didn’t disclose financial terms of the contract, which the Detroit News said will pay Stafford $76 million over the next five years. The deal includes $43 million in guaranteed money, the newspaper said, citing an unidentified person with knowledge of the situation.

Stafford, 25, has started every game the past two seasons after being limited to 13 games his first two years by knee and shoulder injuries.

Stafford led the Lions to the playoffs in 2011, when he threw for 41 touchdowns and 5,038 yards, joining Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for more than 5,000 yards in a season. Stafford passed for 4,967 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last season as Detroit slumped to 4-12. He’s led the NFL in pass attempts each of the past two seasons.

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