ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Matthew Stafford was on the field Tuesday.
Well, it was more a single strip of turf laid underneath a microphone and a podium , but he was at least talking about being on the field.
There's been a lot of attention paid to quarterbacks' contracts this offseason. Although many believe Stafford will be next in line for a record extension, the Lions quarterback shed very little light on the negotiations Tuesday.
"Obviously I love being here. I love this team. I would love to bring a winner here. My number one focus this whole offseason was trying to do everything I could to help us win," he said.
"The contract stuff will take care of itself. I'm really, honestly not too involved with it."
Soon after the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl, Joe Flacco signed a six-year, $120 million contract with $52 million guaranteed. Two weeks ago, the Dallas Cowboys signed Tony Romo to a six-year, $108 million deal with $55 million guaranteed. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan are expected to follow soon.
Stafford certainly hasn't been oblivious to the record amount of money being thrown at some of the league's top signal-callers, but isn't concerned with topping their deals.
"You see guys breaking records with how much they're making and all that stuff. 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," he said.
That statement gained traction on Twitter as soon as he said it, and it will surely gain attention and praise from Lions fans. That being said, a deal needs to get done for both sides, and Stafford is aware of that.
He said he wants to get a deal done, and believes the front office does, too.
"I want to win games and have as many good players around me as I possibly can."
Stafford said he had an easy time convincing free agents to sign with Detroit, because he was knowledgeable with the subject matter. When it comes to negotiating his own deal, he said he takes a back seat.
"That's why you hire an agent."