4 seasons before Matt played every game CJ averaged 1047 yards a year and 8 touchdowns a year.
2 two seasons that Matt has played Megatron puts up 1822 a year and 11 touchdowns a year.
I think Calvin Johnson is the best NFL player that isn't a quarterback but this notion that having him is the only reason Matt Stafford is decent is stupid.
My point remains that he throws 45 times a game partly because he completes less than 60% of his passes. More completions per attempt = more 1st downs = less att/game.
Fair point But who or what else would you have them do?
Try their luck in the draft, is there someone better in the draft the Stafford right now?
Wait and have a huge cap of $19 mil?
Not re-sign him, wait for the open market and either franchise tag him ($22 mil?) or bid and lose him to the open market where some team (Jags, Cards, Titans by then, etc etc) who will pay him $90-$100 mil?
I think they were smart, no matter his stats. Brought the cap down, kept the best QB that they could have right now and someone who keeps the teams best player (Calvin) very happy.
If they didn't redo his contract Stafford would have had the biggest cap number in the entire NFL in 2013 and 2014. So if they waited a team would have backed up the truck and made him the highest paid player in football history. If they franchised him he would have got 22 million in 13 and 14 and like 25 million in 2015.
This is actually a flawless deal unless they were going to trade him.