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NFL notebook: Lions' Stafford gets $76 million extension

| Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 7:33 p.m.
File- This Nov. 20, 2011 file photo shows Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throwing during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Detroit. Stafford and the Lions have agreed to terms on a $53 million, three-year extension to keep him under contract through 2017, according to a person familiar with the deal. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

The Lions spent decades searching for a franchise quarterback to build their team around. Now that they think they have one, the last thing they want to do is let him go.

Matthew Stafford agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep him in Detroit through 2017 and make him — for the second time in his short career — one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.

Stafford's new deal is worth $76 million over five years, includes $43 million guaranteed and gives both the team some downside protection in case he doesn't reach his massive potential and him a chance at a third mega deal while he's still in the prime of his career.

Stafford, 25, was scheduled to make $12.5 million this season and carry a $20.8 million cap charge.

He already owns team single-season records for passing yards, touchdowns, completions and attempts and should break Bobby Layne's career passing mark this fall.

He's thrown for more than 10,000 yards the past two years, and joined Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks to top 5,000 yards in a single season.

Stafford said this offseason that he hoped to remain a Lion for the balance of his career, and the Lions have no problem handing over their second mega deal in the past 16 months.

Limited to just 13 games his first two seasons because of knee and shoulder injuries, Stafford has started every game the past two years and led the Lions to the playoffs in 2011.

After the Lions missed the postseason and his production waned last year — he threw 21 fewer touchdowns and completed just 59.8 percent of his passes — Stafford spent the entire offseason in Detroit.

“He's evolved into a leader,” Lions president Tom Lewand said last month.

“Now when rookies walk into the locker room, they see a quarterback who's been here four years and they see a different guy who occupies a different spot on the team, and a lot of that is because of his own efforts.”

2nd Broncos exec gets DUI

A second Broncos executive is facing drunken driving charges, The Associated Press has learned.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Tom Heckert, the Broncos' recently hired director of pro personnel, was arrested in Parker, Colo., on the night of June 11 and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving.

The news comes one day after Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell apologized for his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence.

49ers sign 1st-round pick

The 49ers signed first-round pick Eric Reid to a four-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 49ers drafted Reid 18th overall in April.

In 39 games over three seasons with LSU, the 6-foot-1, 213-pound Reid finished with 199 tackles, six interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 11 pass breakups and 4½ tackles for loss.

Jags sign versatile back

The Jaguars signed fifth-round draft pick Denard Robinson to a contract.

According the league's rookie slotting system, Robinson gets a signing bonus around $210,000 and counts about $450,000 against the salary cap.

A college quarterback at Michigan who is learning how to play running back in Jacksonville, Robinson is expected to see playing time as a rookie.

Robinson finished his college career with the most rushing yards by a quarterback in NCAA history (4,495).

He ran for 1,266 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. He also threw for 1,319 yards and nine scores.

Ex-LB McClain issues plea

Former linebacker Rolando McClain, who abruptly retired from the NFL in May at age 23, filed not guilty pleas to charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Alabama stemming from an April incident.

McClain was the No. 8 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. He played five seasons with the Raiders, posting 274 tackles and 6 12 sacks in 41 games with the Raiders. The Ravens signed him in April.

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