The Detroit Lions are planning a similar move.
NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Wednesday night, via a team source, that the Lions have begun talks with quarterback Matthew Stafford on a contract extension. The talks are in the preliminary stage with nothing pressing at this point.
This has been expected. Lions president Tom Lewand said earlier this month the team wanted a new deal with the 25-year-old Stafford, who has thrown for more than 10,000 yards over the past two seasons.
"Matthew Stafford is our quarterback, and we hope is our quarterback for a long time," Lewand said, via MLive.com. "The reason to explore a contract extension with Matthew is to fulfill that goal of having him be our quarterback for a long time. It's not a short-term look at the salary cap.
"That's the wrong way to look at that. When you look at extending somebody like Matthew, he's not going to take less money to extend. That's a very short-term focus to look at."
Stafford is set to earn a base salary of $12 million in 2013, though his cap hit stands at $20.3 million. That figure is the third-highest in the NFL, behind Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos.
So Lewand can say a new deal isn't about the salary cap. But it's certainly part of the equation.
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