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.