The $17 million per season in new money the Lions' Matthew Stafford received in a new contract he signed Wednesday -- seven months removed from a 4-12 record in 2012 -- has those around the NFL shaking their heads over how quarterbacks are dominating the market and chewing up a huge portion of teams' salary caps.
It's one thing for Super Bowl-winning passers Joe Flacco and Aaron Rodgers to cash in on contracts that cross $20 million per season. It's another thing for Stafford, who isn't in that elite category, to get close to that threshold with two years remaining on a monster rookie deal.
So when will it end? When will quarterbacks stop stealing salary-cap space (and, in turn, money) from their brethren, veteran players who used to sign sizable, multi-year deals but instead are playing for the minimum or slightly above it?
Or better yet, will it end? Will the percentage of salary-cap space quarterback contracts eat up ever come back to previous levels?
Several NFL contract neg...