Lions Try To Lock Up Stafford

Joshua HammondsCorrespondent IApril 22, 2009

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JANUARY 31:  :  1: NFL prospect Matthew Stafford attends DIRECTV's 3rd Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl at Progress Energy Park, Home of Al Lang Field on January 31, 2009 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Logan Fazio/Getty Images for DirectTV)

The National Football League’s official site is reporting that the Detroit Lions are in negotiations to finalize a contract with former Georgia QB Matthew Stafford.

A deal could be reached as soon as Wednesday night, NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reports.

the Lions do have a back-up plan.

MLive.com is reporting that the lowly Lions have completed contract terms with Wake Forest linebacker, Aaron Curry.

If the team can’t reach an agreement with Stafford, they will sign Curry and take him with the first overall draft pick, according to a league source.

The Lions have set a Friday deadline, the source said.

Stafford’s agents also represent Baylor OT Jason Smith, who the Lions are also reportedly considering if they can’t strike a deal with Stafford.

Team spokesman Bill Keenist denied a report earlier Wednesday that a contract was imminent, the Detroit Free-Press reported.