Matthew Stafford has earned quite a bit of MVP talk so far in 2016 and he is looking to cash in on that buzz very soon.
Before the season we explored the topic of what Stafford was worth and projected, based on Tyrod Taylor & Sam Bradford extensions & Kirk Cousins 1 year franchise tag that he would be looking at an extension in the $22-24 million per season range.
According to a report from CBS’ Jason LaConfora Stafford is looking to work out an extension in the offseason and is seeking a deal worth $25 million per season.
While this seems like a HUGE amount of money, as was discussed before he played at an MVP level, a contract for a QB in today’s NFL will be in that range he is seeking. The NFL Salary Cap continues to rise & established QBs will be the biggest beneficiary of this bump.
There are 32 starting QB spots in the NFL & roughly 2/3’s of the NFL don’t have a no-doubt-about-it-solid choice. This is a position the Lions were in for decades, from Rodney Peete & Andre Ware to Joey Harrington to Jon Kitna, this is an idea all Lions fans can understand.
Keeping Stafford in a Lions uniform should be a top priority for Bob Quinn & it should be expected to be completed before training camp starts in late July 2017. This report from CBS is just evidence that Stafford is aware the exentiosn needs to happen & that he’s looking to stay in Detroit to keep the Lions out of the “teams with questions at QB” category in all NFL Season Preview articles.