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Matthew Stafford | Quarterback | #9

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 226
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (1) / DET
Contract: view contract details
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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. Jul 19 - 7:06 PM
Source: NFL.com

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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

Lions GM Bob Quinn said the team has yet to open contract negotiations with walk-year QB Matthew Stafford.

"That is something that eventually we will get to," Quinn said. "These things don’t usually happen in April or May." Quinn is 100 percent correct on the timeline, and it would be more worrisome if the two sides reached training camp without meaningful progress. Stafford should get a market-setting deal this summer.
Source: ESPN
Mar 1 - 7:01 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 18-of-32 passes for 205 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Lions' Wild Card loss to the Seahawks.

Despite the defense getting run over all night and his receivers apparently leaving their hands in Detroit, Stafford was in position to lead yet another fourth-quarter comeback, but he could not get anything going as the Seahawks pulled away with two late touchdowns. Stafford once again seemed to struggle with the injured finger which appears to have derailed both his and the Lions' season. Luckily, Stafford said after the game he does not think he will need surgery, meaning he should be ready for the offseason program. Despite the disappointing end, Stafford finished the regular season with 4,327 yards and 24 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions. He was also squarely in the MVP discussion for much of the season. With Stafford set to hit free agency after 2017, the Lions will likely try to work out a long-term extension with their franchise quarterback this offseason.
Jan 7 - 11:51 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 26-of-41 passes for 347 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Week 17 against the Packers.

Stafford had some bad overthrows and threw a late game-sealing interception. He led Detroit to a first half lead, but couldn’t keep pace with Aaron Rodgers. Stafford cut back on his turnovers this season, finishing with 4,327 yards and a 24:10 TD/INT ratio. The Lions advanced to the playoffs despite the loss. Stafford has a shy away matchup against Seattle in the Wild Card Round.
Jan 1 - 11:56 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 26-of-46 passes for 260 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Lions' Week 16 loss to the Cowboys.

He was able to save his fantasy day a bit with a one-yard rushing touchdown on a fourth-and-goal sneak in the second quarter. The Lions and Cowboys were trading punches the entire first half, heading to break tied 21-21. But a bad Stafford interception as he was running left and tried to throw right set the Cowboys up with great field position in the third quarter. Ezekiel Elliott scored a one-yard touchdown, and the Cowboys ran away with the game. Stafford has now thrown one or zero touchdowns in seven of his past nine games and has topped 300 yards just once since Week 3. He's been more of a QB2 for the past couple months. The Lions play the Packers for the division title next Sunday night. The game is in Detroit.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 11:55:00 PM

Matthew Stafford (finger) is practicing in full for Week 16.

Stafford's finger didn't appear to be an issue last Sunday, though he may change gloves for Monday Night Football. The quarterback of a slow-it-down offense vs. the Keepaway Cowboys, Stafford is a QB2 for the fantasy finals.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 04:16:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-39 passes for 273 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Lions' Week 15 loss to the Giants.

Stafford's dislocated middle finger on his throwing hand didn't give him any trouble, as he was throwing tight spirals and sticking some deep balls in this one, but the Lions simply couldn't find the end zone against a tough defense. Golden Tate was his main target, with the two hooking up eight times for 122 yards on 13 targets, but Stafford just missed Tate on what could have been a pair of long touchdowns. Both were a bit under-thrown. CB Eli Apple got back to break one up, and Tate had to wait on another that turned into a 67-yard catch-and-run where Zach Zenner fumbled inside the five-yard line on the next play. Stafford's pick was a fourth-quarter heartbreaker in the end zone that essentially was the final nail in the coffin with Detroit down by 11. Stafford will be nothing more than a QB2 next week on the road at the Cowboys.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 04:30:00 PM

Matthew Stafford (finger) does not expect the Lions' gameplan to change because of his injury.

Stafford dislocated the middle finger on his throwing hand against the Bears, but he says the injury did not affect how OC Jim Bob Cooter called the game. "I said 'Just call the game. Don't worry about me. I'll figure it out,'" Stafford said. "So plan on being the same way, you know, this week." Stafford is still exploring whether he will need a glove and how the injury affects his accuracy and velocity, but there is no question about his availability. Stafford will suit up against the Giants, but he will be no better than a QB2 in a tough matchup on the road.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 09:45:00 AM

Matthew Stafford (finger) is practicing in full for Week 15.

The Lions have already said Stafford will play through the finger injury on his throwing hand, and Stafford was sporting a glove with just one finger on it, covering his index finger. He'll be a QB2 against the Giants.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 04:02:00 PM

Matthew Stafford said the finger injury he suffered Sunday against the Bears is not as bad as the one he dealt with in 2011.

"I’ve had the broken index before and played with that, and that’s no fun," Stafford said of the 2011 injury. "But this one will be a little bit different. I don’t think it’s going to be as bad as that one was." Stafford admitted he needed a glove to be able to grip the ball through all of the tape on Sunday, but he is not sure he will have to wear the glove the rest of the season. There is still reason for concern about Stafford's ability to consistently locate the ball, especially in adverse weather conditions, but it is clear he will play through the injury. In a tough matchup on the road against the Giants, Stafford will be nothing more than a QB2 this week.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 09:45:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Jake Rudock
3Brad Kaaya
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Dwayne Washington
5Matt Asiata
GLB1Ameer Abdullah
2Zach Zenner
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
WR11Golden Tate
2Jace Billingsley
3Jared Abbrederis
4Michael Rector
5Ryan Spadola
WR21Marvin Jones
2Kenny Golladay
3T.J. Jones
4Keshawn Martin
5Noel Thomas
WR31Kenny Golladay
TE1Eric Ebron
2Darren Fells
3Cole Wick
4Michael Roberts
5Khari Lee
LT1Joe Dahl
2Greg Robinson
3Cyrus Kouandjio
4Taylor Decker
LG1Graham Glasgow
2Laken Tomlinson
C1Travis Swanson
2Matt Rotheram
3Leo Koloamatangi
RG1T.J. Lang
2Brandon Thomas
3Tony Hills
RT1Rick Wagner
2Cornelius Lucas
3Corey Robinson
4Storm Norton
K1Matt Prater