INDIANAPOLIS -- The Detroit Lions would like to get a contract extension done with quarterback Matthew Stafford, but general manager Bob Quinn said Wednesday afternoon that the team and Stafford's agent, Tom Condon, have not begun to talk about a potential deal.
Stafford is entering the final year of his contract and could be in line to be the highest-paid player in the NFL, with a potential contract at $25 million per year.
“We have not talked to Matthew and his representatives,” Quinn said. “I think that is something that eventually we will get to. We’ll see how that goes. We’re kind of taking it one step at a time with the current free agent class, the current draft class. These things don’t usually happen in April or May. That’s the realistic, that’s not a realistic timeline for an extension for a quarterback.
“That’s something that we do have on the agenda and we’ll hopefully be able to have some discussions.”
Quinn said “it’s a priority, but it takes two sides to do a deal” when it comes to Stafford. Quinn said he won’t make promises either way, but that he would still like to have Stafford with the Lions “long term,” something he has maintained since he was hired in January 2016.
Stafford had one of the best seasons of his career in 2016, completing 65.3 percent of his passes for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The 71.6 raw QBR was the highest of his career. The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2009, Stafford is the Lions' all-time leader in passing yards, completions, attempts and touchdowns.
This would be Stafford's third contract if a deal gets done with the Lions. According to Spotrac, the Lions have already paid Stafford $110,778,969, with another $16.5 million due for the 2017 season.