VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Boxing/MMA
Fantasy Sports
More
Betting Tools

 
Lions, Stafford agree to $53M extension

DETROIT (AP) - Matthew Stafford's career with the Detroit Lions just got longer.

Advertisement
Stafford and the Lions have agreed to terms on a $53 million, three-year extension to keep him under contract through 2017, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person, who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced, said Stafford will make $41.5 million in guarantees as part of a new contract.

Detroit drafted Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009 and signed him to a six-year contract worth as much as $78 million with $41.7 million in guarantees. After two injury-shortened seasons, he helped the franchise reach the playoffs two years ago for the first time in more than a decade.

A month ago, Stafford vowed that he would focus on football while his agent and the team negotiated.

``I don't play this game to get contracts,'' he said in June. ``I play this game to win games.''

The Lions didn't do much of that last year, losing their last eight games to flop to a 4-12 record after a 10-win season.

Stafford threw more interceptions and had less than half as many touchdown passes in 2012 as he did the previous year.

After playing in just 13 games over two seasons, he flourished in his first full year with 41 TD passes while completing 64 percent of his attempts and throwing 16 touchdowns.

He stayed on the field last season, but his passing percentage dipped as did his TD passes (20) while he threw one more interception.

``Matt's not happy with last year,'' Lions coach Jim Schwartz said during last month's minicamp. ``None of us were happy with last year, but you also can't overreact.''

Stafford has spent much of this offseason splitting time between his home in suburban Detroit and team headquarters, after working out and rehabilitating injuries elsewhere in previous years.

He has looked back to analyze the previous season, seeing when it was good to take chances with passes and when it wasn't while the losses piled up after climbing to .500 midway through the season.

``It was a total, learning experience just because it was a tough year,'' Stafford said. ``You have to find a way to battle through it.''

---

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

---

Follow Larry Lage on Twitter: http://twitter.com/larrylage

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Roberts: Las Vegas Handicapping Contests
ASA: NFC East Outlook
News: 2017-18 ROY and MVP Props
News: 2017-18 Playoff Props
News: 2017 Season Win Totals
O.J. will get his freedom, but then what?
Jets sign top draft pick S Jamal Adams
Chiefs sign rookie QB Patrick Mahomes
'Pacman' Jones suspended 1 game
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Don Anthony + 2405
The Gold Sheet + 1747
Michael Black + 833
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 100
Marc Lawrence + 100
Doc's Sports + 100
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Don Anthony 65 %
The Gold Sheet 58 %
Michael Black 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 1068
Don Anthony + 1067
Brian Edwards + 741
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1301
The Gold Sheet + 808
Michael Black + 641
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
The Gold Sheet + 1204
Jimmy Boyd + 961
John Fisher + 555
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership