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Stafford not worried about contract situation right now

Posted Jan 15, 2017

As of right now, quarterback Matthew Stafford isn't worried about his contract situation; he has an injured finger to heal, and baby twin girls on the way.

The two biggest priorities right now for Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford are resting his injured right middle finger and preparing for the birth of his twin daughters this spring.

Stafford was asked about the potential of a new contract this offseason while cleaning out his locker Monday, but declined to talk about it. Stafford has one year left on the contract he signed in 2013.

"I'm not going to deal in hypotheticals,” he said. “If (the Lions) come to me, they come to me, if they don't, they don't. I’ll talk to you guys about it then.”

Asked whether he’s interested in getting something done this offseason, Stafford said it wasn’t up to him.

“It's up to the people upstairs and the Fords and whether they want to or not,” he said. “It's not on the forefront of my mind at the moment. I have a lot of things going on personally that are important to me, so I'll figure that out when I need to."

Stafford is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. He completed 65.3% of his passes, the second-highest mark of his career, and threw 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He ranked in the Top 10 in the NFL in completion percentage (10th), completions (388; 6th), passing yards (4,327; 6th) and QB rushing yards (207; 10th). He set an NFL record by leading eight fourth-quarter comebacks.

Stafford was among the handful on names mentioned as an MVP candidate before injuring the middle finger on his throwing hand Week 14 in a win over Chicago. He battled through the injury, and didn’t miss a snap, but his numbers dipped post-injury, and the Lions went just 1-4 over that stretch.

Stafford said surgery is not required for the finger at this point, just rest. He's looking forward to becoming a father in a few months.

"I'm assuming it's going to be a big change, not as many naps, which is disappointing,” he said with a grin.

As for any contract talks, Stafford isn’t worried about it right now.