LIONS INSIDER

Matthew Stafford wants to break records on the field, not with his contract

Posted Apr 16, 2013

Both Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions want the young quarterback to be in Honolulu Blue and silver long term, making a contract extension seemingly inevitable

Matthew Stafford wants to be the Detroit Lions' quarterback long term.

The Lions certainly want him to be the face of their franchise for the foreseeable future.

Because of those two variables, an agreement between the team and their young franchise quarterback on a contract extension is a likely outcome in the near future.

A new deal would be advantageous for both Stafford and the Lions. The fifth-year quarterback has two years remaining on his $72 million rookie deal, but because of a few restructures he's done in the past, he has a cap number hovering around $20 million the next two seasons.

The team would like to able to secure their franchise quarterback and lower that cap number so they can surround him with more talent. Stafford, no doubt, would like the comfort of a long-term deal at fair market value – which seems to be around $100 million.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will soon have a new deal that's expected to make him the highest paid player in the NFL.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who's coming off a Super Bowl victory, became the highest paid player in the NFL this offseason after signing a $120.6 million deal.

Tony Romo signed a six-year, $108 million deal to stay with the Cowboys this offseason.

Atlanta's Matt Ryan will get his long-term extension soon and the Giants' Eli Manning will also get a huge deal in the next couple years.

Stafford told reporters Tuesday that contract talks between his agent, Tom Condon, and the Lions are ongoing, but joked that he wasn't in on the calls when asked how the negotiations were going.

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He did say that a new deal wasn't about breaking the bank, though.

"I want talent around me, frankly," he said. "You see guys breaking records with how much they're making and all that stuff, and honestly, you want fair market value, but I don't really care about breaking records too much. I want to break records on the field.

"I want to win games and have as many good players around me as I possibly can."

Stafford was adamant that he doesn't want the contract talks to become a distraction, which means that it makes the most sense to get a deal done before the season and not let his contract get into a final season.

"I don't expect it to be a distraction," Stafford said. "I personally don't want it to be. I like to focus on one thing and go after it, and whatever that is, that is it.

"Right now, that's football for me. That's kind of why I'm letting the agents and all that talk to the front office here and figure that stuff out. I would imagine there comes a point when we're getting it done or not.

"(The Lions) would want to do something. I want to do something. We'll figure something out hopefully, and if not, then we'll move on and table it for a year.

"Obviously, I love being here, I love this team and would love to bring a winner here. So that's my number one focus this whole offseason was trying to do everything I could to help us win."