The NFL has become a passing league. It is no wonder that quarterbacks are paid big money, given that they not only supply the ammunition but also take the blows; in some cases, you might as well put a target on them.
The latest signal caller to earn some big money via a contract extension is Detroit Lions on-field general, Matt Stafford. His new payday is worth $41.5 million in guaranteed money and that puts him seventh in the list for current quarterback contracts.
Is Stafford worth the money though?
From a statistical standpoint, the answer has to be ‘yes’. The numbers he has put up are impressive.
In his first four seasons (2009-12), Stafford has averaged almost 285 yards passing per game. In NFL history, only Kurt Warner (287.5) averaged more passing yards per game in his first four seasons.
But you can see how he benefits from the type of offense that the Lions play. He has dropped back more often (67.5 percent) than any other player in the past two seasons. As a result, Staf...