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Lions Focus Appears To Be On A Deal For Stafford

The Lions’ next big move of the off-season could be giving Matthew Stafford a new deal worth $100 million or more, but general manager Martin Mayhew said contract discussions with his quarterback are still in their infancy, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

“My thought on that is that we’re going to try to extend him,” Mayhew said. “There hasn’t been a whole lot of dialogue about it at this point, but I think that’s coming.”

Stafford is entering the fifth year of a six-year, $72-million contract he signed as the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, but after restructuring the deal twice in recent seasons he’s due to count $20.8 million against the salary cap in 2013.

“It’s never easy,” Mayhew said. “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 ones, usually they aren’t that good.”

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