La Canfora mentions that with Stafford being a midseason MVP candidate and his team performing better than many expected, it’s likely that he’ll explore an extension with the Lions after the season.
The Lions have Stafford under contract for the 2017 season and could always use their franchise tag on him in 2018. However, it’s likely that the franchise tag would run them close to $25 million, but it could make sense to open contract negotiations after this season and make a good faith effort to keep him in Detroit long-term.
Stafford, 28, is a former first-round pick of the Lions back in 2009. He’s in the fourth year of his five-year, $76.5 million contract that included $41.5 million guaranteed and he stands to make a base salary of $17 million for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Stafford has thrown for 2,373 yards while completing 67.3 percent of his passes to go along with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 8 quarterback out of 33 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding an extension for Stafford as the news is available.