Lions’ Matthew Stafford Close To Signing Extension

The Detroit Lions are close to locking up another one of their top-two draft picks from past years.

In 2012, it was receiver Calvin Johnson. Now, it’s quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported, and Pro Football Talk can confirm, that a deal between the Lions and Stafford is very close.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it would be a three-year extension of Stafford’s rookie deal, which currently has two years remaining. And the five-year package would pay Stafford more guaranteed money than the $23.5 million he’s due to earn over the next two seasons combined and Stafford’s franchise tag for 2015, which would be a 20 percent increase over his 2014 cap number.

Source: Mike Florio, NBC Sports Pro Football Talk