Is Matthew Stafford worth over $27 million a year? | The Tylt
Is Matthew Stafford worth over $27 million a year?
If your team is down heading into the fourth quarter, who do you trust more to grind a way to a victory? There should be only one answer: Matthew Stafford. Since 2011, no one has more fourth quarter comebacks than the Georgia product. When it matters most, you can depend on Stafford to get the job done.
Stafford is coming off a year where he was an MVP candidate before a finger injury slowed him down. The last three seasons, Stafford has averaged 4,282 yards and 26 touchdowns per year. He may not have playoff success, but neither did Matt Ryan when he got his gigantic extension in 2013. The Lions made the right move rewarding Stafford for his contributions, and building around him for the future.
As good as Stafford has been with the game on the line, there is a reason the team is behind when the fourth quarter rolls around. His up-and-down play puts Detroit in bad positions at times. Fortunately, he digs them out, but eventually, it'll come back to bite the team.
Stafford is also really good at beating bad teams, but when he plays teams above .500, his win percentage drops significantly. That lack of success should not be rewarded with such a huge contract.