Shopping around for players -- and trimming fat from the roster -- is a priority, but that won't pull the team away from attempting to lock down starting quarterback Matthew Stafford.
"My thought on that is that we're going to try to extend him," Mayhew told the team's official site this week. "There hasn't been a whole lot of dialogue about it at this point, but I think that's coming."
It makes sense for the Lions because a long-term extension would bring immediate cap relief. DetroitLions.com reports Stafford will count more than $20 million against the cap next season, a figure that could be softened with a long-term deal spread over time. Of course, agreeing to terms with one of the league's better young quarterbacks is no simple task.
"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 (contracts), usually (those players) aren't that good."
Plenty was made of Stafford's scattershot mechanics this season, but it's hard to argue with his 10,000-plus yards and 61 touchdowns over the past two years. Those numbers should make this an interesting negotiation for Mayhew and Detroit's front office.
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