An NFL source tells Jeremy Fowler of ESPN that Lions QB Matthew Stafford will likely wait until the Raiders have locked up QB Derek Carr to a long-term deal before working on a new contract with Detroit.
Both players are positioned well to come close to Andrew Luck‘s record six-year, $139.125 million contract with $87 million guaranteed.
Fowler expects the Raiders and Carr to eventually get something done this summer, which would give the Lions and Stafford’s reps a few months or so to get an agreement in place before the start of the 2017 season.
Last we heard regarding Stafford, Lions GM Bob Quinn mentioned during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that they’re currently in the “early stages” of extension talks with his reps.
“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.
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.