Lions QB Matthew Stafford said that there is “no timetable” for a long-term extension but that his agent, Tom Condon, and the team are currently in discussions, according to Tim Twentyman.
The last we heard regarding Stafford, Stacy Daniels of NFL Network reported on “NFL Total Access” that there is “internal optimism” that a long-term deal could be in place by the start of training camp on July 31.
Daniels added that Stafford does not want contract negotiations to carry into training camp, making this an important negotiating period.
Stafford’s next contract should make him the highest-paid player in the league, topping Derek Carr‘s record, five-year, $125 million contract that included $70.2 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.