The bonus already has been accounted for in the Lions' salary cap.
Stafford ranked third with 4,650 yards last season but his completion percentage (58.5) declined and his interceptions (19) rose for the second straight year, the paper noted.
Former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo gave some notes on each starting quarterback around the league and didn't hold back when discussing
"Stafford, in my eyes, not only did not win games for the Lions this year, but also LOST them for his team," Angelo wrote. "Carelessness with the ball, inaccurate throws and poor mechanics will prevent him from ever turning into an elite QB. Calvin Johnson masks a lot of his faults."
Stafford threw for 4,650 yards and 29 touchdowns with 19 interceptions last season. In the Lions' last four games -- all losses -- Stafford threw five interceptions and two touchdowns.
"Every quarterback can tighten up his footwork," Lombardi said.
Stafford had 19 interceptions last year and 51 total over the last three seasons. His completion percentage has dropped over each of the last three seasons as well.
Stafford is in London to promote his team's game against Atlanta on Oct. 26 at Wembley Stadium. In a radio interview, he spoke about his philosophy in regard to attending the ultimate NFL game.
"I've never been to the game, a lot of players do this," he said via the Oakland Press. "They don't want to go to the game unless they play in it. That's how I feel about it. Nothing against it, I don't want to be a fan ... I want to make sure when I go to the game that I'm suiting up and trying to win it."
Lombardi worked as Brees' quarterbacks coach for five seasons before joining the Lions. Brees said he sees some similarities between the Lions and Saints personnel, and believes Lombardi will find a way to make things work in Detroit. Brees added that he knew Lombardi would be in line to get a coordinator job. "You can kind of tell when assistant coaches are just kind of ready for that next step -- to be a coordinator, to be a playcaller," Brees said.
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