Detroit Lions to offer Matthew Stafford a new deal

Lions QB Matt Stafford with the ball against the Cardinals on December 16, 2012
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Quarterback Matthew Stafford will be offered a contract extension with the Detroit Lions.

The Detroit Lions have confirmed that they will be offering Matthew Stafford a contract extension.

The quarterback has two seasons left on his current deal with the NFC North side, having signed a six-year contract when he was drafted in 2009.

General manager Martin Mayhew told the team's website: "My thought on that is that we're going to try to extend him. There hasn't been a whole lot of dialogue about it at this point, but I think that's coming.

"It's never easy. You're talking about a quarterback that's your starter, that's a quality player, that's a talented guy and I think one of the better young quarterbacks in the NFL.

"So it'll be a challenge. But most of them, for good players, they're a challenge. The easy [contracts], usually [players] aren't that good."

The Lions have made the playoffs once since Stafford joined the side, but finished the 2012 season bottom of their division with four wins and 12 losses.

Lions QB Matt Stafford with the ball against the Cardinals on December 16, 2012
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