In an offseason where we have seen big contract extensions for Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo and Joe Flacco, another young quarterback has gotten a big contract to stay with his respective club. Per multiple sources, Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions are working to keep him with the club over the next few years. The Lions are negotiating a three-year extension with two years left on Stafford's contract.
Per Ed Werder of ESPN, the extension gives $53 million in new money:
Source says Matt Stafford 3-year extension includes $53M in new money. Under contract to Lions for 5 years with $43M in total guarantees— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) July 9, 2013
Stafford evokes mixed emotions from Lions fans. Since he was drafted in 2009, he has only played a complete season twice (2011, 2012). Aside from that, the Lions have only made the playoffs once and were a one-and-done in 2011. On the other hand, Stafford threw for over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2011 and almost surpassed the 5,000 yard mark again last year. Stafford helped to pave the way for Calvin Johnson's record-setting season last year. He's also only 25 years old.
Speaking of Johnson, Stafford has been set up quite well at the receiver position since his days at the University of Georgia. As Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network pointed out in an obvious way, Stafford has had the luxury of having the Bengals' A.J. Green as a Bulldog, and Johnson while with the Lions.
Regardless, these deals could be indicators of what to expect with a new extension with Bengals quarterback, Andy Dalton. If Dalton makes big strides in his third year, he could be the next young quarterback in line for a big extension. It's a rather fluid situation, really. Stafford has an overall losing record as a starter, and Romo only has one playoff win in his career. However, Rodgers and Flacco each have a Super Bowl ring to their name.