Ashley Fox: Matthew Stafford did enough

ESPN.com columnist Ashley Fox offers an argument for re-signing Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford that should resonate with longtime fans of the franchise. In essence, Fox writes, consider what Lions history tells us about the alternatives.

An excerpt:

Given its ignominious history, given the fact that the franchise has won only one playoff game in the Super Bowl era and hadn't had a winning season since 2000 before Stafford arrived, Detroit happily gave Stafford an extension. There's no reason to think Stafford won't be the player he was in 2011, when he threw for 41 touchdowns and 5,038 yards, or that he won't be more consistent with a legitimate running game.

To the Lions, Stafford's potential and previous contributions are worth something. They've been to the bottom. They've seen the view looking up. They know better than anybody what nothing looks like, and Stafford has contributed much more than that.