Report: Contract extension still expected for Stafford

As the offseason marches along, eventually a contract is likely to come for Matthew Stafford.

The Detroit Lions want to do a long-term deal with their quarterback, one that will keep him in place for seasons to come and improve the club’s cap position for this year. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press speculates that when it’s done, Stafford’s contract could top $100 million in total value.

Stafford has been a regular at the club’s facility in Allen Park, Mich., this offseason, and that has not gone unnoticed.

“There is not a guy that's done more for this franchise in this off-season than Matthew Stafford,” club president Tom Lewand said at the team's town hall meeting last week, according to Birkett. “The guy's been in the building every day. He's been living here the entire off-season. He's been working out, he's helped us recruit free agents, he's been involved on a daily basis in trying to get ready for the season, and he would do anything to help us be successful.”

Contracts should also be coming soon for other quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan are in line for extensions. There doesn’t have to be an order of events for Stafford’s deal to be done. He’s not going to be paid as much as Rodgers and based on postseason success, Ryan should probably do better too. But Stafford is expected to get his and it will be a handsome reward for the former No. 1 overall pick.

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