Matthew Stafford, Lions agree to 3-year extension
Earlier today, the Detroit Lions and franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford agreed to a three-year extension, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Included in Matthew Stafford's three-year, $53 million extension is $41.5 million guaranteed. Big guarantee.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 9, 2013
With the extension, that means that Stafford will be under contract through the 2017 season.
Stafford, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2009, threw it an NFL-record 727 times last season as he became the first quarterback to ever throw 700 pass attempts in a season. He also has the fifth-most pass attempts in history with 663 attempts in 2011.
Over the past two seasons, Stafford has 10,005 passing yards, 61 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. Along with Drew Brees (10,653) and Tom Brady (10,062), Stafford is one of three quarterbacks with 10,000 yards over the past two years.
Provided he stays healthy, which was his biggest knock early in his career, the Lions and Stafford are likely to lead the NFL in pass attempts again. With the league's best wide receiver in Calvin Johnson and the addition of running back Reggie Bush, Stafford should come close to 5,000 yards again and see his touchdown totals bounce back after last year's 21-TD drop.
Going into the season, Stafford (12,807) is second all-time in passing yards in Lions' history and is likely to pass Bobby Layne (15,710) at some point this season to break the franchise record. Coincidentally, Layne and Stafford played for the same high school in Dallas — Highland Park.
Stafford is currently my ninth-ranked fantasy quarterback and one of reasons why you should wait to draft your fantasy quarterback this year.