Lions GM Bob Quinn said the team is in the early stages of long-term extension discussions with QB Matthew Stafford.
“Takes two sides to do a deal and we’re working towards that,” Quinn said, via Michael Rothstein of ESPN.
Two weeks ago, Quinn said that the team has spoken with Stafford’s representation and that negotiations could pick up in April or May, so it appears discussions could be ramping up.
“We’ve begun a few discussions with his representatives. These things take time. These things don’t usually happen early in April or May, but we’re working towards that,” Quinn said back in March, via Pro Football Talk.
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.