Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/18/13
Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford (Photo Credit:AP) An injury here and an injury there.  A breakout season and a busted one.  Four seasons flew by, and just like that the Detroit Lions were quickly approaching a crossroads with the inconsistent but stat-studded franchise quarterback who is Matthew Stafford.  Would they let him walk or keep him for life?  The team, rightfully, chose to do neither. Like someone in love but not ready to pull the trigger on marriage, the Lions wanted to ensure Stafford’s happiness with a noncommittal token of gratitude instead.  This promise ring, if you will, gives the Lions a few more years before having to decide if they want to take the ultimate plunge. Matthew Stafford’s three-year $53 million dollar extension will take him to the halfway point of his career.  The short-term deal is wise for both Detroit and its beloved but questioned quarterback. On the Leos’ end, they want to see more consistency in the wins column.  From a relationship point of view, maybe a few more sandwiches on the table after a long day at work.  The Lions did not cut ties with Stafford because ownership truly believes in his abilities to create more of these on the field (or in the kitchen.)  The team finally has a quarterback with talent, and Detroit knows all too well how hard good pastrami is to come by. Matthew Stafford and Lions President Tom Lewand (Photo Credit: Detroit Lions/Twitter) However, the Lions did not give Stafford his dream deal yet due to apprehensions he will have to alleviate.  Incompletions, interceptions, and losses are too high, and until he reduces these, Matty will have to wait on gown shopping.  In the meantime, this guy is no dumb blond, and he will get his while trying to prove himself spouse-worthy. Stafford is set up to make $76.5 million dollars over the next five years with $41.5 million guaranteed (no prenup here). And if the young stud produces wins (sandwiches) he will be rewarded for life in Detroit.  This beauty knows exactly what he’s doing.  He puts salami on every slice. So let’s not rush this fiery couple.  After all their love is young and needs more time to prove itself.  For every fight there has been a firework, and in the end these two kids just might make it.  I believe in them and so should you.  If Stafford can improve in his newly balanced offense in seasons to come I will be seeing you at the big wedding in 2018!
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