Rod Wood comfortable making Matthew Stafford highest-paid player

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Lions General Manager Bob Quinn said last weekend that he’s confident that the Lions will be able to reach agreement on a contract extension with quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Given the going rate for quarterbacks, there’s a chance that the deal will make Stafford the highest-paid player in the league and he’ll certainly be somewhere right near the top if that’s not the case. Lions president Rod Wood was asked Tuesday if he’s comfortable with that.

“I’m comfortable in getting a deal done with him, and we’ll see where that ends up,” Wood said, via Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com. “It’s going to be whatever it takes, I think, to make it happen from both sides and whether he becomes the highest-paid or not, it’ll be a short-lived designation because, as Bob said, and I think it’s true, if you’re in the top whatever of quarterbacks, when your time comes up, your time comes up and then somebody else’s time comes up, and they become the highest-[paid player]. It’s a premium position, and you need to have a very, very good player at that position to be credible and be competitive, and I think we do have that, and we’re working on getting a deal done.”

If the Lions are comfortable going to the top of the pay scale to keep Stafford in Detroit for several more years, there’s little reason to think that Quinn’s confidence in an eventual deal will wind up being misplaced.

42 responses to “Rod Wood comfortable making Matthew Stafford highest-paid player

  1. A lot of stats and nothing to show for it.

    Not a likeable guy like a Brett Favre.

    Plays for the Lions.

    With C.J. gone they are MIDDLING offensively.

    Trade him for picks to Cleveland. You don’t need a $150 Million Dolla QB to win 7-9 games.

  2. Highest paid player.. hmm, okay, must mean “on the Lions”, makes sense, he’s a quarterba– wait… highest paid in the LEAGUE? Whaaa?!

  3. If you’re one of the 8-10 teams in the league who has a quality qb, you have to pay him. Don’t play games, lock it down. I’d would love him to come to the Browns. I leave it at that.

  4. i feel sorry for lions fans..i truly do.

    and stafford is a disgrace

    cap killer

    every team with a bloated flacco qb is in
    some variation of a cap hell they simply cannot
    get out of

    all it takes is one bad contract

  5. Say what you want about Stafford, but I don’t think in the history of the NFL that any player has had better timing when it comes to his contract being up for renegotiation.

  6. Having to pay a player like Stafford is certainly a more favorable position than say a team like Chicago who just drafted Trebruski 2nd overall lol

  7. Doesn’t matter if he isn’t the BEST QB in the league. QBs in the NFL are a binary – you either have your guy, or you don’t. The Lions have their guy and they have to pay him. You don’t think the Texans or Broncos would shell out 25 mil/year for him? You’d see them in a conference championship game AT LEAST with him in year 1.

  8. angrydave38 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 5:42 PM

    You don’t need a $150 Million Dolla QB to win 7-9 games.

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    Then you better have $150 Million defense and running back to win 7-9 games

  9. That’s right – Stafford’s timing his whole career has been unbelievable.
    1. Drafted #1 – 1 year before the rookie salary cap takes over
    2. Extends his contract at rookie levels at a time when he hadn’t proven himself capable and durable
    3. Now he signs a new contract a little bit after 2 major increases in the salary cap.

    Awesome. That alone demands respects.

    If only we could get his timing half that good on throws over 40 yards…

  10. has stafford ever won a playoff game or
    put the team in his back?

    at least the mediocre flacco did that once

    if quinn caves and stafford gets 20+ mil per, the lions
    are screwed for years

    stafford’s deal would replace the calvin johnson
    albatross

  11. What do you do when you’re bored with that much money? Surf websites for Lamborghini dealers? Check real estate listing for castles in Ireland?

  12. angrydave38 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 5:42 PM

    A lot of stats and nothing to show for it.

    Not a likeable guy like a Brett Favre.

    Plays for the Lions.

    With C.J. gone they are MIDDLING offensively.

    Trade him for picks to Cleveland. You don’t need a $150 Million Dolla QB to win 7-9 games.
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    Wow. Middling in caps. I guess someone touched a nerve when they criticized your lack of command of the English language. Not to worry. You could still grow up to be President.

  13. magnumpimustache says:
    Jun 20, 2017 5:57 PM

    Tom Brady thinks that’s a great idea.
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    Who cares what Shady thinks other than the patsies who don’t mind cheating to win.

  14. usitait says:
    Jun 20, 2017 6:26 PM

    “Highest paid….even I wouldn’t do that”-Matt Millen
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    Like Costanza, you have to do the opposite of Mutt Millen in order to win.

  15. Tylawspick6, Has he ever put his team on his back? Only the most 4th quarter comebacks in a season, in the HISTORY OF THE NFL,and by far the MOST of ANY ACTIVE QB. Oh, and more pass yards than any player in history in his first 100 plus games. It takes 53, no one man can do it. Barry proved that… The greatest player ever at ANY POSITION. #ONEPRIDE

  16. The people hating on Stafford obviously don’t watch him play. He’s an iron man, and gives his team 100% every snap, he put the team on his back last season and had 8 game winning drives in the last couple minutes or OT. He’s a top 7 qb in this league and younger than nearly every player ahead of him. He gets better every season, and he has a 5000+ yard 41 td season under his belt. He’s a stud, and every team in the league not named the packers or patriots would love to have this guy.

    He’s by far my favorite player to watch, look up Stafford truck sticking a Titan LB to the ground like he’s a middle schooler, or a few years ago vs the cowboys when he pulled out the fake spike QB sneak with barely a second remaining for the win. If you don’t love him after that then football isn’t for you

    You guys love brees, well Stafford has a worse defense, and less on offense than brees, yet manages to get his team to the playoffs, he also smoked brees in New Orleans. So laugh at the “lolions” all you want, these are not the same lions. Stafford, Quinn, and Caldwell/JBC are turning this team around.

  17. Overall 51 wins VS 61 losses
    Vs Winning teams 5-43

    Highest paid player in the league.. This is why the lions will always be the Lions. Second tier at best QB making #1 pay. The price you have to pay to keep players in that dump of city.

  18. Jun 20, 2017 6:59 PM
    Tylawspick6, Has he ever put his team on his back? Only the most 4th quarter comebacks in a season, in the HISTORY OF THE NFL,and by far the MOST of ANY ACTIVE QB. Oh, and more pass yards than any player in history in his first 100 plus games. It takes 53, no one man can do it. Barry proved that… The greatest player ever at ANY POSITION. #ONEPRIDE

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    please
    stop

    you act like you’re reading off brady’s resume

    stafford is a top 10 qb, no doubt, but he is in no
    way shape or form supposed to be the league’s highest
    paid qb or player

    you people
    deserve medicority and disappointment with such
    a terrible understanding of economics

  19. all know bylaw is probably the dumbest idiot i have ever read anything on the net from. Stafford i would rate as probably the 4th best in the league. He is a winner, he will take the lions to the super bowl during his career. They were a much better team once calvin left. Ons were too intent on getting him the ball.
    The reason a qb becomes the number 1 paid is because when his contract falls, he doesn’t have to be the best. Luck in indy is the highest paid player but isn’t even a top 10 qb let alone player.

    Economics means you pay when you have a franchise player and stafford is one of those without a doubt.

  20. emmonsh says:
    Jun 20, 2017 8:10 PM
    all know bylaw is probably the dumbest idiot i have ever read anything on the net from. Stafford i would rate as probably the 4th best in the league. He is a winner, he will take the lions to the super bowl during his career. They were a much better team once calvin left. Ons were too intent on getting him the ball.
    The reason a qb becomes the number 1 paid is because when his contract falls, he doesn’t have to be the best. Luck in indy is the highest paid player but isn’t even a top 10 qb let alone player.

    Economics means you pay when you have a franchise player and stafford is one of those without a doubt.

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    laughable. i have forgotten more about the nfl
    and business concepts than you could ever dream of knowing

    paying ANY player above 20 mil
    per with injuries, depth needed on a roster of
    53 is the most assinine thing a gm can do.

    period.

    it has nothing to do where fanboy fantasy dork
    millennials think he should be “ranked”.

    does stafford want to win a super bowl or not?

    answer? no. he does not get it yet

  21. bert1913 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 7:44 PM
    who is this idiot running the lions?

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    i don’t know but this is not quinn’s call and they
    waited way too long to extend him.

    a disastrous decision

  22. I’m a sensible Lions fan, and they’ve never built a team that was capable of making a playoff run, let alone winning it all. Year after year they’ve had huge holes in the roster – even Jim Schwartz, after being fired, said their downfall was a lack of depth – they couldn’t compete once injuries inevitably struck. It’s true – his teams always started better than they finished.

    Staffords never had a 1000 yard rusher. Last two seasons their running game was ranked 30 and 32.

    The O-line has always been a problem. Hopefully the moves they’ve made this year will finally give Stafford a good line.

    The defense has usually stunk. Even when it was good in 2014, it started unraveling in the last few games and stunk in their playoff loss.

    He had Megatron, but people criticized him for forcing it to him. But let me tell you, when injuries struck the WR’s in 2012 and 2013, he tried throwing it to the backups but they were hopeless. Their only shot was to go to Megatron, even if he was tripled.

    Stafford is a franchise QB. He’s not the best, or even in the same tier as the top 3 or 4, but he’s definitely a very good QB and well worth the big contact.

  23. This is just ludercrous. Next to Sam Bradford, has there ever been a player in the history of the game to make as much money and given back essentially nothing? Most career 4th quarter
    Comebacks in a season? He had 5, oh yeah but the team only won 6 games! Get outta here. The qb position has hamstring the franchises. Stanford would be low end starter if he played in the nineties. The quarterback position is so overpaid and there are only a handful of good ones and about a dozen or so who look the part but are franchise frauds like stafford. He’s never even won a playoff game. He’s only played in what 2 post seasons? He is a top 10 guy I guess but 5-43 against teams with winning records? For that kind of money he has stollen over his career I need to see more if I’m an NFL owner. That’s just pathetic.

  24. Amazing that people who know absolutely nothing about football take the time to post a comment . If dumb was worth money this comment section would be worth more then Amazon .

  25. And that is why teams like the Lions will never be winners in today’s NFL. They’re comfortable devoting a huge chunk of their available payroll to a single player.

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