PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 14: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the preseason game on August 14 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The president of the Detroit Lions says QB Matthew Stafford is "on track" to earn a lifetime contract with the team. We break down the fantasy implications.
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand says QB Matthew Stafford is on track to earn a contract designed to keep him with the team for the rest of his career. Lewand told Bill Simonson of "The Huge Show" this week that the Lions aren't there with the contract yet, but says Stafford has shown that he is the type of player who can lead the franchise.
Analysis: Stafford will be one of the most sought after quarterbacks on draft day, especially after throwing for more than 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2011. The Lions have already signed WR Calvin Johnson to a contract extension, so it makes sense that Stafford would be the next big piece in the team's long-term plans. Stafford may not duplicate his passing totals from last season but he should be considered a Top 5 passer on draft day.