- Now that Derek Carr has signed a five-year, $125 million contract with $60 million guaranteed, we have a baseline for Matthew Stafford and his potential new deal. Though Stafford is not guaranteed to sign an extension, some are predicting a huge payday for Stafford.
- Erik Schlitt at Lions Wire has a nice breakdown of why Stafford should get around five-years, $130 million. (For what it’s worth, that was exactly my prediction a year ago in the wake of Andrew Luck’s deal.)
- Statistically, Stafford and Carr match up quite evenly over the past two years (but look at those sack numbers):
The recent numbers are very similar for the “next-man-up” as #Lions QB Matthew Stafford will leverage Derek Carr’s $25M/year extension. pic.twitter.com/ABL9ZfnS00— Spotrac (@spotrac) June 22, 2017
- Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron offered up his congratulations to Carr after signing his record-breaking deal:
That's real! Congrats @derekcarrqb https://t.co/Lz4z0zKS9Z— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) June 22, 2017
- According to a study by Emory University, the Lions have the 21st-best fanbase in the NFL. That’s the second-lowest in the NFC North, trailed only by the Vikings (23rd).
- T.J. Lang may be in the middle of rehab from his hip surgery, but he’s still doing the offseason right:
@geoffschwartz pic.twitter.com/3yt4ZLlgkW— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) June 22, 2017
- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free press has the details on the contract that Cyrus Kouandjio signed last week and explains the financial investment Detroit made by trading for Greg Robinson.
- Per the NFLPA public salary cap report, the Lions have just $5,810,276 million left in cap room. Only the Los Angeles Rams have less. (h/t @davebirkett)
- Nate Atkins of MLive.com thinks the Lions are taking a gamble with their current set of pass rushers.