Miller: Matthew Stafford contract makes sense

Miller: Matthew Stafford contract makes sense

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The Lions got a major piece of business off their to-do list as Matthew Stafford has agreed to a 3-year contract extension.  Coupled with the two years he has remaining on his current deal, this locks up the team's quarterback for the next five years.

According to various reports the money is somewhere between $75-$77 million on the pact that runs through the 2017 season.  Approximately $43 million will be guaranteed in the new contract.

In my opinion this makes sense on a number of levels.  First and foremost, this locks up the teams franchise quarterback for the next 5 years.  It gives the organization some cap relief in the short term and also numbers to work with moving forward.

If Stafford is the player the organization believes he is, the two sides can work out a career closing deal after this one.  Stafford will only be 29 when this contract ends, so for him it could mean another huge contract down the line. 

If Stafford was to regress or not turn into the player the Lions envision, then they can go their separate ways at some point in the future.

It doesn't seem like there is a great deal of risk for either side.  The Lions have their guy through 2017, Stafford adds more years and more money to his current deal and nobody has to worry about this heading into a big season.

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