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Lions don't want Matthew Stafford contract extension talk in season

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03:12 PM ET 06.09 | The Detroit Lions will table contract extension talks for quarterback Matthew Stafford if a deal isn't reached before the beginning of the regular season, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Stafford has two years remaining on his contract, but the two sides have been negotiating since April. Lions team president Tom Lewand said that the team will "either get a deal done or we'll focus on football." This means he doesn't want Stafford to be thinking about his contract during the regular season, as all of his attention should be on winning.

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June 9, 2013  03:20 PM ET

First he needs to show that he can win a playoff game better yet get the team into the playoffs.

June 9, 2013  03:48 PM ET

Unfortunately SI will keep yammering on about it.

June 9, 2013  04:07 PM ET

He'll concentrate on his job, good thing. He'll risk his glass shoulder getting mauled again without the benefit of guaranteed money, bad thing.

June 9, 2013  04:16 PM ET

This shouldn't even be news. It should just the standard, league-wide. There's 7-8 months every year for paperwork.

June 9, 2013  04:45 PM ET

He's showed a few things, but last year was a disaster.

June 9, 2013  05:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This shouldn't even be news. It should just the standard, league-wide. There's 7-8 months every year for paperwork.

indeed, a lot of teams don't discuss contracts during the season.

June 9, 2013  05:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He's showed a few things, but last year was a disaster.

Agreed. Have the best WR in football and still stunk. Though the defense might of had a thing or two to do with that.

June 9, 2013  07:18 PM ET

Joe Flacco?

June 9, 2013  10:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Joe Flacco?

Flacco - ring. Stafford - no ring.

June 9, 2013  11:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Joe Flacco?

Super Bowl MVP.

June 10, 2013  12:33 AM ET

No rush.

June 10, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Defense couldn't provide any real consistent pass rush. Add in the fact that there was a very distinct lack of a run game and only one real WR threat, he still posted a 60% completion rate, 20 TD's and almost 5K yards. With the offense that was on the field, that's not half bad stats. Now the 17 INT's, that's concerning. Quite a few games were on the brink of wins for the Lions, the defense couldn't hold the lead late in the 4th....most notable, the Colts game.....this should be improved this year for them. Don't think they'll be last in the Norse division, IMO, that belongs to Minnesota, that's the way I Ponder that situation anyway.

June 10, 2013  10:39 AM ET

Stafford points to where his next injury will be...

June 10, 2013  10:50 AM ET

Have no doubt they will resign him at some point. He has great chemistry with CJ and is the clear leader of the team. Also, there are no QBs you can actually get that are better than him. Fix the D and get a running game. Stafford is not the problem.

June 10, 2013  10:55 AM ET

Funny, didn't ol Staff say he wanted winners around him and would take a lot less money! Which I thought was classy.
My guess is his agent whispered in his ear 'Hey Staff. The team has a lot of first rounders besides you and like they all want big money. You better grab some of that while the grabbing is good and stop the talk of taking less'.

June 10, 2013  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He'll concentrate on his job, good thing. He'll risk his glass shoulder getting mauled again without the benefit of guaranteed money, bad thing.

Hardly a glass shoulder, not to mention the injuries were to his non-throwing shoulder. He's only thrown for over 10k yards combined the last two years, and that's with no defense, sorry special teams, and spending (essentially) two seasons with zero running game to keep defenses honest. The Lions have had no running threat since Javid Best went down with his last concussion in Game 5 of 2011.

Stafford certainly deserves a big contract, I suspect he'll get something between Flacco's and Rodger's numbers.

June 10, 2013  11:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

First he needs to show that he can win a playoff game better yet get the team into the playoffs.

UHHHH.....the Lions made the playoffs once already with Stafford at the helm.

But you are correct, they did not win.

 
June 11, 2013  12:20 AM ET

Eventually, the scar tissue on that shoulder has to amount to some additional protection.

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