The Detroit Lions finished the 2012 NFL season with only four wins and a lot of questions surrounding the future of the franchise, but the team remains intent on extending Matthew Stafford's contract according to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com as of Feb. 27:
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.
In 2011, the Lions were finally able to end the NFL's longest playoff drought with Stafford and superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson coming into their own. Detroit began to fire on all cylinders offensively and were considered the team of the future, but then dropped the ball in 2012 missing the playoffs while failing to live up to expectations losing the final eight games of the regular season.
Although the Lions are coming off an incredibly disappointing season, the future remains bright in Detroit with Stafford and Johnson in the fold for the foreseeable future.
Along with working on an extension for Stafford, the Lions will likely be active in free agency with talk of the team targeting veteran running back Reggie Bush. Detroit may also pursue another wide receiver to compliment Johnson in the passing game.
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