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When the extensions was done for Nadamukong Suh, fans wondered when the Detroit Lions would sign the leader on the offensive side of the ball. We the wait is over as the Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford agreed to a 3 year contract extension worth $53 million with $43 million guaranteed including a signing bonus of $27.5 million, all this according to ESPNs Adam Schefter.
Detroit QB Matthew Stafford will sign a three-year contract extension that ties him to Lions through 2017 season, per team source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 9, 2013
This extension ties Stafford to the Lions organization until 2017 and when this contract runs out, Stafford will only be 29 and ready to cash in again if healthy.
The deal is a bit risky for both parties. If Stafford went to free agency at the end of the upcoming season he could have cashed in if he turned in a big season. It is risky for the Lions to tie up a QB that hasn’t quite reached his full potential. If Stafford’s performance goes south the Lions are committed to a large amount of guaranteed money. Clearly this contract illustrates trust on both sides and a comittment to getting the Lions to the next level.