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, with a designation of a back injury for the last month of the year.Perhaps because it never kept him off the field, nothing was made of it.But team website writer Mike O’Hara said on a WJR podcast that Stafford was actually playing with fractures.“He had a broken back last year,” O’Hara said, via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. “Broken bones in his back.”When asked by his co-host if he was supposed to say that Trey Flowers Jersey
, O’Hara replied: “It’s been reported.”(Narrator voice: It was not reported.)Stafford clearly wasn’t himself over the last month of the season, but there was never any recognition (until now) the injury was serious in any way.He was listed on the injury report with the back thing beginning after Week 13, when he took 11 hits in a loss to the Rams. He remained on the report the rest of the year.Stafford has started 128 straight games, the sixth-longest streak by a quarterback in league history. The contract terms are out Damon Harrison Jersey
, and they’re fairly modest."While the exact details of tight end Jesse James’ contract are still unknown, we now have a general idea of what the Detroit Lions are paying for their newest tight end. According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the two sides have agreed on a four-year deal worth $25 million.That comes out to an average of $6.25 million per year, which is the exact deal that the Bills gave fellow free agent tight end Tyler Kroft (three years Ricky Jean Francois Jersey
, $18.75 million).But perhaps the most important number here is guaranteed money. According to Rapoport, James is only getting $11 million guaranteed on the four-year deal. Considering James is likely to hit that $11 million in cash paid out (depending on his yearly salaries) by his second year, it increases the likelihood that Detroit will be able to get out of the contract by Year 3 with minimal dead cap, if desired. In terms of average per year Levine Toilolo Jersey
, James’ $6.25 million current ranks 15th among all NFL tight ends. With NFL salaries grow annually, there’s a good chance that as soon as next year, James’ contract will drop out of the top 20 entirely.