The Detroit Lions are poised to make another run at the postseason after the offseason they’ve had, but the future is still all fans can talk about. It’s not that the future is waiting to happen, it’s just waiting to be paid for as quarterback Matthew Stafford is in need of a contract extension and the Lions want to give him one. However, according to Justin Rogers of MLive.com, the Lions are prepared to suspend contract talks with Stafford so everyone can focus on football.
“We’ve still got discussion to have, but at some point in time, will either get a deal done, or we’ll focus on football,” Lions team president Tom Lewand said, via MLive.com. “The good news there is that we’ve got a great relationship. I think Matt has a lot of confidence that we want him to be our quarterback for a long time and we have a lot of confidence that Matt wants to be here for a long time.”
It’s no secret that the Lions and Stafford are meant to be so that’s likely why there’s no rush to get a deal done when it doesn’t have to be. Obviously the Lions would love to get Stafford locked up with a long term deal but it’s not as though he’s going to ever even skim the open market.
All too often we hear this type of talk between players and teams that are clearly not on the same page contractually but this seems to be a situation where football really is the focus over a contract. Stafford knows a solid season will make him more money and the Lions know a solid season will get this team back to where they want it to be.
Rogers also mentions that Ndamukong Suh is the next big contract the Lions will need to think about but they’re not rushing to get a deal done there either. But remember that the Lions just gave a massive extension to Calvin Johnson last season and they owe both Stafford and Suh big money as well.
It’s a problem Detroit hasn’t run into in the last twenty years or so, but they are going to need to start prioritizing their money if they want to keep all the right guys in town down the road.