Lions G.M. on Matthew Stafford extension: We’re working on it

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Lions G.M. Bob Quinn says he has his franchise quarterback in place, and now wants to keep him in place for years to come.

Quinn said on PFT Live that Matthew Stafford, who has one year and a $16.5 million salary left on his current contract, is due for an extension.

“We’ve begun a few discussions with his representatives. These things take time. These things don’t usually happen early in April or May, but we’re working towards that,” Quinn said.

Quinn indicated that he has no doubts that Stafford is the right man to lead the Lions for years to come.

“I have a great deal of respect for Matt,” Quinn said. “I think he’s a very good quarterback that has all the leadership and off the field traits that we look for in the quarterback position, and his on-field ability I think is well-documented. His arm strength, his mobility, which he used more of this year. I think he has all those things and we need to do a better job and I need to do a better of putting more pieces around him so we have a better team around him so he doesn’t have to carry the entire load.”

The 29-year-old Stafford probably has several more good years left in him. Quinn wants those years to be in Detroit.

17 responses to “Lions G.M. on Matthew Stafford extension: We’re working on it

  1. I live in Ohio and deal with brown’s fan……..I don’t want brown’s fan probz, lock him up, I’ll take our chances with him for the next 7 years

  2. I remember how much the Lions were pilloried by media and commenters when they signed Stafford to his last extension, even though it should have been clear that such a salary was the new going rate for an *average* starter. People had yet to get over the shock of the salary increase in new QB contracts that already started. And of course, Matt’s been better than such.

  3. Really like this. Isn’t the best, but he’s the best they’ve had in a long while and has shown in recent years that he can make his team better with the right pieces around him. Played well even without Megatron last year.

    Also really like that he’s barely said anything about it. Takes a lot of humility (or so it seems in this league) to simply do your job and let everything take care of itself. Wish Stafford all the best.

  4. Stafford has never had an offensive line, a running game, and aside from one statistical anomaly season, a good defense.

    Quinn has committed to the Oline to improve the run game, he’s about to commit to the defense with his second draft… Stafford has to like what he’s seeing happening around him.

    Detroit GMs have been operating without a plan before Quinn. Signing Stafford is the next step in Quinn’s plan. Previously, GMs in Detroit were playing the “best player available” card when making poor draft decisions. They now have the ‘luxury’ of drafting talent where they need talent. I’m cautiously optimistic that Quinn may be improving this franchise enough to one day win a playoff game. AKA, the bar is low, lol.

  5. The only question should be “could you see him out-performing Brady or Big Ben in the SB?

    Winning a playoff game is great when you annually suck. Once, you get that out of the way, it’s time to set your sights at higher goals. BB looks at every year without a ring as a failure that starts with coaching. The years he lost to the Giants or in the Conf Champ game…do you really think he sits around reminiscing about how successful those years were?

    It’s clear Stafford is above average with a hell of an arm. Can he out-duel the best the AFC can produce on the brightest stage?

  6. I’m all about giving him an extension but for how much? No way he deserves to be highest paid player but watch the Lions will over pay just as most mediocre teams do, which in turn destroy the cap for the whole league.

  7. Pick up Jay Cutler off the streets.

    He’s better than Stafford, he has an actual playoff win and played better than Stafford in his pro bowl appearance.

    Cutler > Stafford

  8. detroitsportsfan11 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 12:28 PM
    Pick up Jay Cutler off the streets.

    He’s better than Stafford, he has an actual playoff win and played better than Stafford in his pro bowl appearance.

    Cutler > Stafford
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    vikingf0rlife says:
    Mar 28, 2017 1:03 PM
    Stafford is the 4th best QB in the NFC North.

    Bridgewater
    Rodgers
    Glennon
    Stafford
    ———————

    Bridgewater can’t even play anymore. Glennon hasn’t started in 2 years and Stafford has a winning record over Cutler. lol

  9. maddmatter5 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 2:59 PM
    detroitsportsfan11 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 12:28 PM
    Pick up Jay Cutler off the streets.

    He’s better than Stafford, he has an actual playoff win and played better than Stafford in his pro bowl appearance.

    Cutler > Stafford
    ———————————
    vikingf0rlife says:
    Mar 28, 2017 1:03 PM
    Stafford is the 4th best QB in the NFC North.

    Bridgewater
    Rodgers
    Glennon
    Stafford
    ———————

    Bridgewater can’t even play anymore. Glennon hasn’t started in 2 years and Stafford has a winning record over Cutler. lol

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    You clearly don’t know what trolls are. Glad to see I’m not the only Lions troll anymore. These guys are doing my work for me!

    LoLions!!!

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