Lions, Stafford near blockbuster extension

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The Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford are close to sealing a lucrative three-year extension, says ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The deal, of which terms were not announced, but Schefter reported to be lucrative, would keep Stafford with the Lions through the 2017 season.

Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson have been the cornerstones of a potent Lions offense that propelled the team into the playoffs in 2011 just three years after the team completed the first 0-16 season in NFL history.

Per the report, the contract could be finalized as soon as today.

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