“We’re in the early stages of contract negotiations w Matt, confident we can get something done,” Quinn said.
Quinn did, however, add that it’s still too early to say whether they’ll be able to get an agreement in place.
Some feel Stafford could push for a contract that could make him among the highest-paid players in the NFL, coming close to Andrew Luck‘s record six-year, $139.125 million contract with $87 million guaranteed.
Stafford, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Lions back in 2009. He’s in the final year of his five-year, $76.5 million contract that included $41.5 million guaranteed and he stands to make a base salary of $16.5 million for the 2017 season.
In 2016, Stafford threw for 4,327 yards while completing 65.3 percent of his passes to go along with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 9 quarterback out of 34 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a new deal for Stafford as the news is available.