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Stafford not anxious about contract talks with Lions

20 April 2017, 03:49 | Laverne Osborne

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The final question of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's Tuesday media availability was about the tradeoff between getting paid and helping the team save money. If the Lions can continue supporting Matt Stafford and building a more risky defense, Detroit could find itself on top of the NFC North in 2017. "I'm under contract for another year and I'll be here trying to lead this team and be as good as we can be". Stafford said Tuesday following a workout with teammates. "You see it every year". I can't really worry about it too much. "The salary cap, and all that stuff, is as malleable as you want it to be". "I think you just go and try and make a good decision for not only the player, but the team".

Over the past two seasons, Stafford has completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 8,589 yards, 56 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. A Pro Bowler in 2014, Stafford is No. 47 in National Football League history in pass attempts (4,285), No. 44 in yards and No. 49 in touchdowns.

The Ford family can afford to pay Stafford what he's worth, and if Lions general manager Bob Quinn learned anything in New England, he'll still put playoff-caliber rosters on the field. "I've had a really good time playing here, would like to be here long term, but that's yet to be seen".

Stafford said there is no firm timeline on a potential deal.

He's been pleased with Condon's work on his career so far. After injuries stunted his first two seasons, Stafford played in every game the next six years.

"I would love to", Stafford said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. "If we don't, we'll play this year".

While the new extension would eat up a large percentage of the Lions salary cap, Stafford expressed his confidence in the Lions' organization to find a way to sustain the team's success from last season by putting the right pieces around him.

Stafford said rest, not surgery, was all he needed for the finger to heal. The Pats have won two Super Bowls in three years but not because Brady has been donating $10 million a year off his true market value.

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