By Steve Haye: Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb thinks Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford doesn’t deserve to be in the top 5 of the highest paid quarterbacks in the league because Stafford’s won-loss stats don’t reflect that he’s a winner and deserves that kind of cash. Stafford was just given a new 5-year contract with the Lions that will pay him $15.3 million per season, making him the 6th highest paid player in the league.
McNabb said to the NFL Network “It’s about wins and losses again. Now as a quarterback and and as Matt Stafford, hey, I would take that contract just like Tony Romo took his contact. But is he worth top 5 money? I would have to say no. And I say that because it’s about wins and losses. What has he really done for the Detroit Lions? Nothing.”
McNabb went on to say that Stafford’s mechanics get sloppy late in his games sometimes where he’s throwing with bad footwork.
stafford is behind the following quarterbacks in terms of pay:
1. Joe Flacco – $20.1 million
2. Drew Brees – $20 million
3. Peyton Manning – $19.2 million
4. Aaron Rodgers – $18.68 million
5. Tony Romo – $17.07 million
I’m not sure if McNabb is aware that Stafford isn’t among the top 5, so it’s not even an argument to make right now. However, two players that are making more money than Stafford, Drew Brees and Tony Romo, also haven’t done much in terms of winning a lot of games lately. Also, Flacco played less than in a spectacular manner in each of of his seasons since being drafted by the Ravens in 2008, yet he received a $20 million contract for playing well in four games in the post season play this past season.
Stafford has outplayed Flacco by a wide margin in his last two seasons with the Lions. The difference here is that the Ravens had a lot of good players around Flacco that helped him succeed. You can make a strong argument that Stafford would win with the same players if he had been on the Ravens last year instead of Flacco.