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Matthew Stafford | Quarterback | #9

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (1) / DET
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Matthew Stafford completed 15-of-21 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' 24-10, Week 2 win over the Giants on Monday night.
Per Profootballtalk's Michael David Smith, the 122 yards is Stafford's second-lowest mark of his career. Stafford only had to throw four passes after halftime with the Lions holding control of this game for the entire second half. His first touchdown was a beauty of a back-shoulder fade to Marvin Jones from 27 yards out, and the second was a short red-zone score to a wide-open Eric Ebron, who was dusting the Giants' linebackers and safeties all night. Stafford has a 6:1 TD:INT mark through two games and gets the Falcons at home in a potential Week 3 shootout. Sep 18 - 11:26 PM

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Matthew Stafford completed 29-of-41 passes for 292 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in the Lions' Week 1 win over the Cardinals.

Stafford did not start out great, finishing the first half with 112 yards, a touchdown, an interception, but he stepped up when it mattered. Trailing by two entering the fourth quarter, Stafford led two long scoring drives capped by nice throws to rookie Kenny Golladay. He also did a nice job escaping pressure and making plays downfield all game. It was a very good showing against what should be a good defense. Unfortunately, he gets another tough matchup against the Giants next week. He will be a borderline QB1 in that spot.
Sep 10 - 4:33 PM

Matthew Stafford's five-year extension includes a $50 million signing bonus and $92 million guaranteed.

If the numbers are accurate, both blow the top off the quarterback market. Previously the highest-paid player, Derek Carr's deal contained $70.2 million guaranteed and "only" a $12.5 million signing bonus. Only 34 when this deal expires, Stafford should have at least one more chance to cash in, giving him a good chance to retire with the highest career earnings in NFL history.
Aug 29 - 8:42 AM

Lions signed QB Matthew Stafford to a five-year, $135 million extension through 2022.

Derek Carr lasted a little over two months as the league's highest-paid quarterback. Stafford now holds that distinction, and he won't sit at the top for long, either. Quarterbacks salaries are getting outrageous, and whoever is the next competent one up for a new deal immediately becomes the richest. This is good news for Kirk Cousins, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees, who are all going to get new deals sooner than later. Stafford is still just 29 and is coming off back-to-back strong seasons as he enters his prime. Once a health risk early in his career, Stafford hasn't missed a start since 2010. He's already made over $110 million before this deal. Stafford is inked through his age-34 season.
Aug 28 - 10:20 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 15-of-22 passes for 190 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Lions' third preseason game.

Stafford started off shaky, but managed consecutive scoring drives on his final two series. He locked on to Golden Tate and Marvin Jones for nine of his 15 completions. Stafford's supporting cast hasn't changed much since last year, but he should get more from the run game with Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick healthy. Stafford could be playing in a contract year if the Lions don't extend him before Week 1.
Aug 25 - 9:09 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn acknowledged he's not close to an extension for Matthew Stafford.

This confirms an NFL Network report that the sides have a "substantial gap." The Lions are confident a deal will get done, but it may not come until late in training camp. Stafford is looking to become the highest-paid quarterback in the league.
Aug 5 - 3:01 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports there is still a "substantial gap" between the Lions and Matthew Stafford in contract talks.

Pelissero adds the two sides are "actively talking," but they do not appear to be making much progress. Despite entering the final year of his deal, Stafford has said there is "no timetable" for getting something done. This situation could drag on much longer than anyone expected in the spring.
Aug 1 - 11:31 AM

Matthew Stafford spent time working with QB guru Tom House in California this offseason.

At this point, are there any quarterbacks who don't work with House in the offseason? Stafford had one of his better seasons last year but struggled in Detroit's playoff loss to Seattle. That prompted him to seek out House, who is known for his emphasis on mechanics. "It’s not an overhaul of what I’m going to do," said Stafford. "I’m not going to be throwing left-handed out there, but just little things here and there to think about to keep you as sharp."
Jul 30 - 9:08 AM

Contract-year QB Matthew Stafford said there's "no timetable" for getting a deal done.

The Lions were reportedly close to finalizing Stafford's extension last week. Stafford confirmed talks are ongoing, but there doesn't appear to be anything imminent. Stafford is seeking close to the $25 million annually Derek Carr got from the Raiders. Detroit should have a deal in place before Week 1.
Jul 29 - 3:27 PM

NFL Network's Stacey Dales reports there's "internal optimism" Matthew Stafford will be extended in the next two weeks.

With Derek Carr resetting the market, the Lions should already have Stafford's deal in place. Stafford projects for close to the $25 million AAV the Raiders gave Carr, though he’s older and coming off a slightly worse 2016. The Lions are hoping to have something done around the start of training camp.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 19 - 7:06 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn told Sirius XM Radio he is "confident" the team will reach an extension with Matthew Stafford.

"We’re working toward that and hopefully we have some news later in the summer," said Quinn. Stafford recently said he has "no timetable" for a deal, while ESPN's Jeremy Fowler has reported the quarterback plans to wait for Derek Carr to set the market. When he does finally sign, Stafford will be one of the highest-paid players if not the highest-paid player in football.
Jun 20 - 8:27 AM

Walk-year QB Matthew Stafford said he has "no timetable" for a new deal.

"The only time I ever talk about (my contract) or think about it is when you guys ask me questions about it, honestly," Stafford told reporters. "I just go out there and play ball, try to be aggressive, and get better." ESPN's Jeremy Fowler has reported Stafford plans to wait for Derek Carr to set the market before agreeing to anything with the Lions, and these comments paint the picture of a guy who is not in that big of a hurry. When Stafford does finally sign, he will become one of the highest-paid players in football.
Jun 15 - 8:16 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports contract-year QB Matthew Stafford plans to wait for Derek Carr to reset the quarterback market before finalizing a new deal.

Stafford and Carr are both targeting Andrew Luck money ($24.5 million per year). The Lions are in the early stages of talks with Stafford but should get something done by camp. Carr is younger and coming off a better 2016, so it's possible Detroit will want to give Stafford less than what Carr gets. Either way, Stafford's deal will make him among the highest paid quarterbacks.
Source: ESPN
May 10 - 6:30 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said the organization is in the "early stages" of extension negotiations with walk-year QB Matthew Stafford.

Quinn basically said the same last month, suggesting there has not been much movement since. That is not surprising considering the front office's focus on the draft, however, and Quinn remains "confident" something will get done. Stafford's next deal will make him the highest-paid quarterback in the league.
May 4 - 9:10 AM

Matthew Stafford (finger) said he has been throwing for a month and a half.

Stafford was bothered by an injured finger late in the season, but the issue did not require surgery and he is already back to normal. He should be good to go for the entire offseason program. Entering the final year of his deal, Stafford is expected to get a market-setting extension this summer.
Apr 18 - 12:31 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Jake Rudock
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Dwayne Washington
5Tion Green
GLB1Ameer Abdullah
2Zach Zenner
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
WR11Golden Tate
2T.J. Jones
3Jared Abbrederis
WR21Marvin Jones
2Kenny Golladay
WR31T.J. Jones
TE1Eric Ebron
2Darren Fells
LT1Greg Robinson
2Corey Robinson
3Emmett Cleary
LG1Graham Glasgow
C1Travis Swanson
RG1T.J. Lang
2Joe Dahl
RT1Rick Wagner
2Brian Mihalik
K1Matt Prater