The Detroit Lions made a lot of noise in the NFC last season. Matthew Stafford and company rebounded from the sudden retirement of Calvin Johnson by finishing the year with a 9-7 record, a playoff berth, and the distinction as a team that should never be counted out in the fourth quarter.
With the Lions seemingly headed in the right direction, the attention turns to Stafford's contract. Stafford, who is coming off a solid year, has one more year left on his deal with Detroit and has let it be known that he wants to stick around for many years to come, via Michael Rothstein of ESPN:
"I would love to," Stafford said. "I've had a really good time playing here, would like to be here long term, but that has yet to be seen."
Stafford is set to make $16.5 million in the final year of his deal. It seems as though he's in no rush to sign a contract extension which will likely continue to make him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
Although most players on the professional level, especially in a sport as prone to injuries as football, want security beyond one season. Stafford, however, appears content in trusting his agent, Tom Condon, to work on his extension whether it be done before the upcoming season or further down the line, via Rothstein:
"He's done a good job for me the last two times, my rookie year and the second one I signed so hopefully we'll get something done," Stafford said. "If we don't, we'll play this year."
Last season, Stafford eclipsed the 30,000 yards passing mark finishing the season at 30,303. The Georgia product is now the franchise's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes at 187, so it is no surprise he's confident a new deal will get done in a timely fashion and to his liking.