Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The Detroit Lions are on the verge of locking up their franchise quarterback through the 2017 season. Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 pick overall in the 2009 NFL Draft, wasn't going anywhere. He had two years remaining on his original contact. The Lions aren't about to let him get away and Stafford seems intent on trying to win in Detroit. But it's good for both sides to get the deal done now, three weeks before training camp opens, to remove any speculative doubt going forward. Once all the final details are worked out and the contract is signed, the three-year extension is expected to be worth around 40 million guaranteed, including more than half of that coming in a signing bonus. Stafford is the latest high-end NFL quarterback to sign an extension this off-season, following Baltimore's Joe Flacco, Dallas' Tony Romo, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and New England's Tom Brady. While most assumed that Stafford's extension would be longer in length - perhaps six or seven years - the ne...
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