Today Detroit Lions fans found out that there could be a snag in the ongoing contract negotiations between the Lions and Matthew Stafford.
Discussed Matthew Stafford contract on @nflnetwork: They're actively talking, but my understanding is there's still a pretty substantial gap— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 1, 2017
At first glance, this looks to be quite concerning. As I said earlier on Twitter, this could turn into the biggest screw up in franchise history if the Lions are not able to get Stafford to put pen to paper, and I firmly believe that to be true. However, I don’t see Stafford not signing as a potential reality.
But what is taking so long? Today, I may have found us an answer. It could be Matthew Stafford’s agent Tom Condon.
Condon, the former NFL offensive lineman turned super agent, not only represents Stafford, he also represents Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, Alex Smith and Matt Ryan. Looking at the history of their contract situations may put Lions fans at ease.
History will show us that Tom Condon is more likely to get deals done for his quarterbacks in the 25th hour before the season starts. His last three extension’s are as follows:
- Alex Smith signed a four-year extension with Chiefs on August 31, 2014—seven days before their first game.
- Eli Manning agreed to a four-year extension of his own on September 11, 2015—two days before their first game.
- Drew Brees signed an extension on September 7, 2016—four days before their first game.
In a world of instant gratification, it would appear that Lions fans are just going to have to wait it out. The good news is that these deals always seem to work out for Condon and his clients. These franchise quarterbacks rarely wind up leaving the franchise that is trying to work out a deal with them.
So everyone can just calm down. The time to freak out is not for another month or so. If we’re talking about this after Week 1, then we may have cause for such behavior.