Matthew Stafford RUMORS & NEWS

  • Caldwell expects Stafford to take step forward this fall

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell was walking down a hallway at the NFL owners meetings this week when someone stopped him to talk football. "Someone said something about, 'Hey, well Coach, you really need your quarterback to take off,'" Caldwell said. "And I looked at him and I said, 'No, we don't really need him..." March 26

  • Ex-Lions DE Lawrence Jackson rips Lions front office, Stafford

    Detroit Free Press "Former Detroit Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson authored several harshly critical tweets Sunday and today about the organization's leadership and deficiencies in quarterback Matthew Stafford's work ethic that caused a bit of a cyberspace firestorm. Jackson, who played five seasons in the..." March 10

  • Kurt Warner not sold on Lions QB Stafford's turnaround

    Detroit Free Press "Now that it's over, Matthew Stafford's first season in a new offense and under the tutelage of three quarterback-centric coaches has drawn mixed reviews. Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew called Stafford's season "outstanding" last month, and coach Jim Caldwell praised his..." February 10

  • Pro Bowl 'far from' Matthew Stafford's ultimate objective

    Detroit News "Lions coach Jim Caldwell said it will be "quite an honor" for Matthew Stafford to play in his first Pro Bowl Sunday. Stafford will be the first Lions quarterback to play in the annual all-star game since Greg Landry after the 1971 season. And even though being named to the Pro Bowl is an..." January 22

  • Stafford, Romo playing for reputations Sunday

    Fox Sports Detroit "Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo, two much-maligned quarterbacks throughout most of their careers, will be playing for their reputations Sunday afternoon when the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys meet in the opening round of the NFL playoffs. If the Lions -- who are 6 1/2-point underdogs -- win,..." January 02

  • Matthew Stafford's Wife BLASTS NFL Stop Babying Aaron Rodgers! "Matthew Stafford's wife is calling B.S. on the NFL -- claiming her husband was cleated JUST AS BAD as Aaron Rodgers last weekend ... and the league didn't do SQUAT about it. Of course, Stafford's Detroit Lions teammate Ndamukong Suh was just suspended by the league this week after stomping on..." December 31

  • Lions Matthew Stafford stranded on Southfield Freeway by collapsing bridge

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions have confirmed that quarterback Matthew Stafford was stranded early Friday morning by a collapsed pedestrian bridge on the Southfield Freeway. The Cathedral Street overpass, located near Joy Road, was struck by a truck and collapsed around 6 a.m, according to the Michigan..." September 26

  • Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford poised to take the next step

    Detroit News "Nothing has changed physically about Matthew Stafford in 2014. “I’m not any faster, I don’t think,” the Lions quarterback said, tongue in cheek, Tuesday. “I don’t think I’m any more jacked.” Instead, most of the changes for Stafford will be mental and fundamental this season as he tries to..." August 20

  • Lions' Matthew Stafford to have more control over offense

    Detroit News "Before many Saints plays, quarterback Drew Brees repeatedly shouts “kill” to signal which of the two called plays the offense will run. Brees and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning have as much pre-snap control as anyone in the league, and with three coaches who worked with them on the Lions..." June 12

  • Bush: Stafford fits 'perfectly' with new offense "After closing last season with a 2-6 record as Matthew Stafford struggled down the stretch, the Detroit Lions entered the offseason determined to fix their franchise quarterback. Noted quarterback mentor Jim Caldwell has been rebuilding Stafford's confidence, telling reporters that his new..." June 10

  • Lions to hand Matthew Stafford rest of his $27.5M signing bonus

    Detroit Free Press "Eight months after they signed Matthew Stafford to a $53-million extension, the Detroit Lions are about to open up their checkbook for their quarterback again. Stafford received a $27.5-million signing bonus when he inked his contract last July but agreed to defer $17.5 million of the payment...." February 27

  • Matthew Stafford not 'interception machine' "The Detroit Lions' unofficial offseason slogan is "Fix Matthew Stafford." Whether or not he actually needs "fixing" as much as "fine-tuning" is debatable. For Lions new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, an analysis of each of Stafford's 19 interceptions in 2013 displayed positive..." February 09

  • Joe Namath: I'd like Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford on my team

    Detroit Free Press "Hall-of-Fame New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath has been vocal about some of his old team’s quarterbacks, once saying the Jets wasted a draft pick on Geno Smith and backing Mark Sanchez even after it became apparent the team was trying to push him out the door. So does Namath, 70, have any..." February 03

  • Lions say 'there certainly has to be some work done' to Stafford's game

    Michigan Live "Matthew Stafford threw 12 picks in his final seven games of last season, and was culpable for 14 turnovers overall during that stretch. That was more than anybody else in professional football. And the Detroit Lions' brass -- namely coach Jim Schwartz and coordinator Scott Linehan -- refused to..." January 26

  • Lions confident Jim Caldwell will get Matthew Stafford back to 2011 form

    Detroit News "Lions general manager Martin Mayhew doesn’t have a problem with Matthew Stafford’s lack of desire to see a so-called quarterback guru. In advance of the Lions’ Week 17 game, the fifth-year quarterback said seeking a guru to help his game isn’t “my style.” That comment made national headlines..." January 17

  • Matthew Stafford to play part in hiring Lions coach "NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted last weekend that Jim Caldwell impressed Lions brass by sitting down with quarterback Matthew Stafford during his interview for the open coaching job in Detroit. According to Stafford, it won't be the last time he huddles with a potential candidate. "It's..." January 07

  • Stafford not looking for outside QB coaching

    Detroit Free Press "Matthew Stafford hasn’t figured out how he’ll spend the offseason yet, but the Lions quarterback said Friday whatever he does won’t include working with a private throwing coach. “Probably not,” Stafford said matter-of-factly. And why not? “I don’t know,” he said. “Just not something I..." December 28

  • Schwartz vouches for Stafford

    Pro Football Talk "In the offseason, the Lions gave quarterback Matthew Stafford a fat new contract. As a result, they’re now stuck with him — no matter how poorly he plays in crunch time of key games. On Monday night, Stafford threw a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions, dragging his passer rating in the final..." December 17

  • Stafford is suddenly struggling in the fourth quarter

    Pro Football Talk "As the fourth quarter of the season unfolds, a franchise quarterback seems to be having a lot of trouble in the fourth quarter of games. According to Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has a passer rating of 30.2 in the fourth quarter of the last..." December 10

  • Stafford sets Lions franchise passing-yardage record "Admittedly, it helps when your current franchise quarterback has led the league in passing attempts twice in his career, and it’s also favorable when your franchise has a history of unimpressive quarterbacks. But what Matthew Stafford did for the Detroit Lions on Sunday against the Pittsburgh..." November 17

  • Armed with new contract, confidence, Lions Stafford ready to lead

    Detroit Free Press "Every time Scott Linehan turned around this off-season he saw Matthew Stafford. Roaming the halls at the Lions’ practice facility in January. Squeezing in an early-morning workout in February. Neck-deep in video cut-ups watching 2012 losses to the Minnesota Vikings in March. Linehan the..." September 08

  • Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford: Calvin Johnson can surpass his 1,964 yards from 2012

    Detroit Free Press "Calvin Johnson came within 36 receiving yards of 2,000 in 2012. He broke Jerry Rice’s single-season record in 15 games. He had a streak of eight straight 100-yard games. Yet quarterback Matthew Stafford said he thinks the Lions’ receiver could surpass his 1,964-yard effort in 2013. “He..." July 15

  • Falcons official: Stafford deal won't affect Matt Ryan's "When Matthew Stafford signed his contract extension this week with the Detroit Lions, one tangential thought was that the resulting dollar figures could play into Matt Ryan's negotiations with the Atlanta Falcons. A Falcons official told Len Pasquarelli, writing Sunday for the National Football..." July 14

  • Lions, Stafford agree to 3-year, $53M extension

    Detroit News "The Lions are reportedly close to a deal that will keep franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford in town for the next five years. Stafford has two years remaining on his contract, and a three-year extension of $53 million will give him about $76.5 million through 2017, according to..." July 10

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Lions and QB Matthew Stafford are on verge of blockbuster extension that could be done as early as today, per team source.

  • Lions should wait for Matthew Stafford contract extension

    Detroit Free Press "The Lions are doing the right thing. Never thought that such a sentence existed in my repertoire, did you? Now that the smelling salts have revived you, let me finish my point. The Lions are doing the right thing in contract negotiations with Matthew Stafford. Why rush it? If nothing’s..." June 13

  • Matthew Stafford extension done before season, or tabled until after

    Detroit Free Press "Tom Lewand struck an optimistic note about contract negotiations with quarterback Matthew Stafford today, but the Lions president acknowledged that talks will be tabled until after the season if a deal isn’t done at some point. “We’ve still got some discussion to have, but at some point in time..." June 08

  • Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford confident offensive line play won't decline despite turnover

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions offensive line is in the midst of a major overhaul this offseason. The team is set to run out at least three new starters after nearly three seasons of continuity with the unit. Despite the impending changes, quarterback Matthew Stafford is confident the group won't experience..." May 27

  • Stafford confident Lions' offensive line will be up to par

    Detroit Free Press "No matter how it’s constructed, the Detroit Lions will have a different look to their offensive line this year. Gone are longtime left tackle Jeff Backus, who retired after starting nearly every game the last 12 seasons, right tackle Gosder Cherilus, who left for big money in his first chance..." May 24

  • Reggie Bush sees Matthew Stafford as future Hall of Famer

    Detroit Free Press "Looks like Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And no, he’s not buying a ticket. But he is getting a ringing endorsement from his new star running back, who sounds like he has fully bought in to Stafford’s talent and leadership. Reggie..." May 18

  • Lions QB Matthew Stafford embraces becoming total leader

    Detroit News "In his first four seasons with the Lions, quarterback Matthew Stafford has taken command of his body and health. He has learned what it takes, after two rocky seasons, to stay healthy a full season. He also has taken command of the huddle and offense. There are no questions about who the field..." April 17

  • Lions QB Stafford wants talent around him, not record-breaking contract

    Detroit Free Press "Matthew Stafford wants “fair-market value” in his next contract, but the Lions quarterback said he’s not looking to become the NFL’s highest-paid player when his new long-term deal is finalized. “I want talent around me, frankly,” Stafford said after Day 2 of the Lions’ off-season program..." April 16

  • Lions able to sign free agents despite failing to rework Matthew Stafford's contract

    Detroit Free Press "Talks on a new contract for Matthew Stafford never really got off the ground, but that didn’t stop the Detroit Lions from filling two of their biggest needs with a pair of the most prominent free agents at their positions. The Lions wedged running back Reggie Bush and safety Glover Quin into a..." March 15

  • Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford holds all the cards in contract extension talks

    Detroit News "Both Lions president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew have said recently a successful free agent shopping spree was not predicated on the team working out a contract extension with quarterback Matthew Stafford. "Matthew Stafford is our quarterback and we hope he's our quarterback..." March 08

  • Lions negotiating contract extension for Stafford

    Detroit News "Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he has commenced negotiations on a contract extension for quarterback Matthew Stafford. "We did meet with Tom Condon (Stafford's agent) yesterday," Mayhew said in a breakfast meeting with the team's beat writers Friday. "Me, Tom (Lewand, president),..." February 22

  • Tom Lewand wants QB Matthew Stafford long-term, not salary cap relief

    Michigan Live "Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand said it is important to rework quarterback Matthew Stafford's current contract, but not for the obvious reason. Stafford has two more years remaining on his contract, and will earn a base salary of $12 million in 2013, but his salary cap hit is $20.3 million...." February 16