After two frustrating seasons of injuries, the NFL has seen over the last two years what Matthew Stafford is capable of at quarterback when healthy. Now, it appears one of the top Detroit Lions rumors this week involves the possibility of the former No. 1 pick receiving an extension from the team before the start of the 2013 season.
Despite last year’s disappointing 4-12 record, Stafford has thrown for 10,005 yards and 61 touchdowns over the last two seasons for the Lions. What’s even more impressive is Stafford has thrown just 25 interceptions–so it’s no surprise to hear Detroit is considering an extension for their beloved quarterback.
Stafford played a big role in helping the Lions break their playoff drought during the 2011 season and the team should feel confident in their quarterback once again heading into next year. As long as he can stay healthy, there’s no reason why Stafford shouldn’t put up MVP type numbers once again in 2013–especially with one of the league’s top wide receivers in Calvin Johnson.
Last year, Johnson broke the single-season record for receiving yards and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he tried to break the 2,000-yard mark next year. Johnson has always been one of the top wide receivers in the NFL and the Lions realize how important it will be to lock up Stafford for the long run to make sure this duo stays together for years to come.
They may have been a disappointment last season, but it’s good to see the Lions are taking the smart approach this offseason by making sure Stafford gets taken care of now rather than later.
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