Lions look to be moving closer to a deal that will secure the long term services of franchise QB.
The Detroit Lions are believed to be making great strides in finalising a contract extension with the teams franchise Quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Despite having two season ending shoulder injuries in his four years with the Detroit Lions, Stafford is regarded as the cornerstone of their offence, and is key to any aspirations the team have of winning a future Super Bowl.
The first round pick from 2009 still has two years left on his rookie contract, which had an overall value of $72m, yet the team are set to extend his contract now, so they can prepare or salary cap hits well in advance.
The deal would also mean that the 25 year-old will be able to continue his partnership with NFL star wide receiver Calvin Johnson for at least another six years, as the two have formed one of the best QB-WR connections in the game during their time on the Lions roster.
In 2011, Stafford became only the fourth Quarterback in history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season, and the organisation put a lot of trust in the QB’s arm to carry the team to the playoffs, something that proved unsuccessful as the team fell to a 4-12 record due to a one-dimensional passing offence.
Stafford is integral to any hopes of success in Detroit for the next decade, so getting him to sign a large contract extension now is exactly what the team need to do in order for them to succeed.