Detroit Lions, current and former, react to Matthew Stafford's record deal

Kirkland Crawford
Detroit Free Press
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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford watches in the third quarter of an exhibition game against the Jets at Ford Field on Aug. 19, 2017.

The NFL was taken over by the news that Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford agreed to a contract extension today. It's through the year 2022 and will pay Stafford $27 million a year, the highest annual salary in NFL history. 

As we're prone to do nowadays, instant reaction was at a fever pitch across social media. 

But what caught our eye was how Stafford teammates, both old and current, reacted to the news tonight. 

Most poignant in his response might have been former Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who served as Stafford's backup last season. Now with the Rams, Orlovsky provided some insight into why Stafford should have been so handsomely rewarded.

A couple of the guys responsible for catching Stafford's passes, Golden Tate and Eric Ebron, also chimed in. 

As one may imagine, the team's official Twitter account had some feelings to express.

And even guys who deal with different phases of the game were happy their quarterback got the deal of a lifetime.

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