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Lions aiming to lower Stafford's $20.3M cap hit

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07:59 AM ET 02.28 | Perhaps Tom Lewand can gain a bit of cap space while locking up his franchise quarterback. 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. ... 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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February 28, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Again, everyone wants to copy Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Monkey see, monkey do.

February 28, 2013  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Again, everyone wants to copy Tom Brady and the Patriots.Monkey see, monkey do.

Yet Brady and the Pats are being vilified for that move. Go figure.

February 28, 2013  08:16 AM ET

His salary says he's among the elite, but his play says otherwise.

February 28, 2013  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yet Brady and the Pats are being vilified for that move. Go figure.

Indeed. There's always a little more room on any hater bandwagon.

February 28, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Just make him refund $500,000 for every interception he throws. That should reduce his cap.

February 28, 2013  09:21 AM ET

So what team that is rubbing up against the cap is NOT trying to restructure contracts?

February 28, 2013  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yet Brady and the Pats are being vilified for that move. Go figure.

"Yes we hate them! We really, really hate them! BTW, do you mind if I take a few notes on what they're doing over there?"

February 28, 2013  10:47 AM ET

Just do it already!

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February 28, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

His salary says he's among the elite, but his play says otherwise.

So far yes.

February 28, 2013  11:42 AM ET

The Lions might want to try introducing Stafford to some supermodels.

February 28, 2013  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Just make him refund $500,000 for every interception he throws. That should reduce his cap.

He'd be writing the team a check.

February 28, 2013  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The Lions might want to try introducing Stafford to some supermodels.

Or Eva Longoria. Look what she did for Mark Sanchez.

February 28, 2013  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

So what team that is rubbing up against the cap is NOT trying to restructure contracts?

Exactly! This isnt some revolutionary process the Lions are blazing a path with...

 
February 28, 2013  03:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Again, everyone wants to copy Tom Brady and the Patriots.Monkey see, monkey do.

It's a good thing no one else has ever considered restructuring a contract, right? This miraculous innovation from the Patriots will save the NFL!

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