It’s only a matter of time before Matthew Stafford inks yet another mega deal.
Providing a promising update on the Detroit Lions’ contract negotiations with their star quarterback, general manager Bob Quinn told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that he’s “confident” the two sides will reach a deal.
“Nothing to report right now,” Quinn said, according to Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press. “We’re working towards that and hopefully we have some news later in the summer.”
Stafford heads into the final year of his contract scheduled for a cap hit of $22 million.
Considering his continued ascent into the league’s upper tier of signal-callers, and the way the market works for such players, it’s entirely reasonable to assume that the former No. 1 overall picks has the leverage for a record-breaking deal.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck currently owns the title of the NFL’s highest-paid player, as the monster extension he received last offseason pays him an average of $24.594 million per year.
Stafford, who is still just 29, had been enjoying one of the best seasons of his career in 2016 before a finger injury saw his play tail off. Starting all 16 games for the sixth consecutive year, he completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
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