Found July 08, 2013 on The Penalty Flag:
TEAMS: Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions’ General Manager Martin Mayhew must have been eating his Wheaties this off season, for he has been extremely busy since the final whistle of the 2012 campaign.  Busy is one thing, but in Mayhew’s case his activities have been productive too, and that bodes well for the Detroit Lions. Mayhew, in concert with Jim Schwartz and the rest of the Detroit Lions management, handled the NFL draft in an expert manner, deftly using their draft choices to good advantage, even as sought after offensive tackle options disintegrated into so much dust before their very eyes.  Coming away with what may be the biggest risk/reward of the draft in DE Ezekiel Ansah, Mayhew confirmed what many knew all along: that while he was a more reasonable thinker than his predecessor, he was also willing to take calculated risks that actually had some calculation behind them.  So far during the off season, the Lions draft picks look as if they can be very productive for the team... Read more

Stafford gets big guaranteed money

The Lions and Matthew Stafford have agreed on a new contract extension that will pay the quarterback big guaranteed money.

Is Nick Fairley ready to become a leader for the Lions?

Just over a year ago, Nick Fairley appeared to be quickly heading toward the NFL's wasted-talent pile. He had produced little during an injury-plagued rookie season and then got arrested twice - once for marijuana possession, and once for driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest - in less than two months. The second incident, coming so soon after the first...

Report: Lions extend Matthew Stafford

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...

Lions extend Matthew Stafford: ‘I don’t play game to get contracts’

The Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford agreed on a three-year contract extension Tuesday. The extension is worth $53 million in new money. Stafford had two years and $23.5 million remaining in his 

Ron Jaworski sees problems in Matthew Stafford's mechanics

Matthew Stafford threw for over 5,000 yards two seasons ago, and he came within a stonesthrow of doing it again in 2012. Despite those great numbers, Stafford still has a lot of room to grow. Don't believe me? Just ask ESPN's resident analyst, Ron Jaworski. "Too many forced throws. Overall, he just threw too many passes with poor balance and bad footwork, with a...

AP source: Lions, Stafford agree to $53M extension

A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on a $53 million, three-year contract extension with Matthew Stafford. The person, who spoke Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced, says Stafford will make $41.5 million in guarantees as part of a deal that keep him under contract through...

Lions likely won’t be able to use the franchise tag to retain Ndamukong Suh next offseason

Photo from According to the Detroit Free-Press, with the Ndamukong Suh’s contract running out after this season, the Lions are going to have to figure out how to lock him up with a long-term contract. Suh’s rookie deal voids after the 2014 season, and his cap charge next year of $21.4 million makes it unlikely the Lions could use the franchise tag to retain him...

Matthew Stafford Close to Signing Extension With Detroit Lions Through 2017

Matthew Stafford will be sticking around the Motor City for a few more years. The Detroit Lions’ franchise QB is “on the verge” of a contract extension that will run through 2017 and pay him $75 million, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported. That $75 million price tag works out to $15 million per season, though the Lions likely will spread out the signing bonus to...

Matthew Stafford & Lions Agree to $53M Extension

The Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford have agreed to a a $53M extension that will keep Stafford under contract through the 2017 season. According to a report by the Associated Press, Stafford will receive $41.5 million in guarantees as part of the new deal. This is great news for Calvin Johnson dynasty owners as it is clear that Megatron will continue to receive a ridiculous...

Lions Extension With Matt Stafford Will Include $43 Million Guaranteed

When guys like Tony Romo are getting $100 million contracts, the Lions really didn’t have a choice. I just hope Stafford’s regression last season was merely a blip on the radar and not a trend. Because I don’t necessarily think huge contracts have always led to better play. Lions and QB Matthew Stafford are on verge of blockbuster extension that could be done as early as today...

Detroit Lions & Matthew Stafford Nearing Three Year, $53 Million Extension

The Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford are reportedly putting the finishing touches on a blockbuster three year $53 million extension according to The Detroit Free Press. The additional three years on the deal will be worth $53 million, and if you combine that  with the two seasons left on his prior deal, Stafford’s could make as much as $76.5 million over the next five years...

Matthew Stafford Sign Three Year Extension

Matthew Stafford has signed a three-year extension with the Lions that is worth $53 million. This deal pushes his current one to five-years and roughly $76.5 million. When it comes to football you normally can’t look at what the deal is worth, because the business side of the game can come into play and a player could be left on the side of the road in a heartbeat, so you have...

Matt Stafford & Lions Agree to 3-year $53 Million Extension; $43 Million Guaranteed

We reported the news a few minutes ago that quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions were close to a blockbuster new contract. Well, the two sides have agreed to a deal but it seems more to be a band-aid deal more than anything else. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford will sign a three-year contract extension [...]
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