Matthew Stafford Among Several Others to Receive Bumper 5th Day League Bonus in 2021

Published 03/21/2021, 1:56 PM EDT
Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


Matthew Stafford was one of the big-name players to move in the summer. He was the first quarterback to trade teams, moving from Detroit Lions to NFC West big boys Los Angeles Rams, in 2020.

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The Lions got quarterback Jared Goff, a 2022 1st-round pick, 2023 1st-rounder, as well as a 2021 3rd-rounder in exchange for Stafford.

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) makes a touchdown pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones (not pictured) against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The 33-year-old veteran has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the league over the last decade. After returning from a major injury in 2020, Stafford threw for 4,084 yards with 26 passing TDs last season.

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Stafford has 2 years left on his contract and is set to make $43 million in that period. But his new deal also entitles him to a cool $10 million bonus. However, Stafford is not the only player with such a clause in his contract.

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Matthew Stafford, DJ Reader, set for a major windfall this weekend

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford will receive a $10 million 5th day of the league year roster bonus on Sunday. The likes of Cincinnati Bengals DE Trey Hendrickson ($6M), DT DJ Reader ($5M), and CB Trae Waynes ($2M) will also receive similar bonuses this weekend.

Apart from them, Indianapolis Colts C Ryan Kelly ($4.65M) and Buffalo Bills OT Daryl Williams ($3M) will also get their 5th day of the league bonus checks today.

Of course, Matthew Stafford is the one with the biggest check to cash on Monday, and rightly so. In 165 starts for the Lions, Stafford has a 74-90-1 record. He has thrown for 45,109 yards with 282 passing TDs since making his NFL debut back in 2009. The Florida-born quarterback finally got his move away from Detroit earlier this summer.

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He will team up with head coach Sean McVay in Los Angeles who led the Rams to the NFC Divisional Playoffs in 2020. The LA-based franchise boasts of the best defensive players in the league featuring DE Aaron Donald and CB Jalen Ramsey.

With Stafford, they now have a proven star at quarterback to lead an offense with the likes of WR Cooper Kupp, WR Robert Wood, and RB Cam Akers. With Stafford on their roster can the Rams challenge for the NFC West title in 2021? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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