Report: Detroit Lions, Stafford talking contract but 'substantial gap' exists

Matthew Stafford is due a contract extension

DETROIT - For most Detroit Lions fans, getting Matthew Stafford a contract extension is a top priority.

The Lions quarterback is entering the final year of his deal and most anticipated Stafford would sign a contract extension before training camp, which started this week.

The contract was expected to be among the highest - if not, the highest contract in NFL history.

Matthew Stafford appeared on NFL Network on Tuesday and said the contract doesn't effect him at all.

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Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports: "They're actively talking, but my understanding is there's still a pretty substantial gap."

It's unclear if the gap is with years, money, bonus or other requirements - but it's clear that Stafford's contract extension is probably not imminent. 

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