Allen Park – Reports surfaced this week that Matthew Stafford is seeking a contract extension valued at $25 million per season. That information came as a surprise to the Detroit Lions quarterback.
"It was news to me, to tell you the truth," Stafford said. "Hadn’t obviously had any thoughts of that in my mind, to tell you the truth. I don’t know where that came from, or how it got out there. I’m focused on our team, this season, playing well this week. That’s really all I care about."
Stafford, who is arguably having the best season of his career, is under contract through 2017. It's expected the Lions will work diligently on an extension this offseason. The 28-year-old quarterback declined comment, trying to keep focus on the team's upcoming opponent.
"I’m honestly not going to talk about it," Stafford said. "Don’t need to waste my time with it right now, or my teammates, or your time. Ask me as many questions as you want about Jacksonville. All that stuff is going to take care of itself, I’m not worried about it."
Stafford was asked about the importance of staying in Detroit.
“It’s not up to me," he said. "I want to play football for as long as I can, would obviously love to be here."
While he refuted reports regarding contract specifics, Stafford's next contract could very well net him a $25 million annual salary. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck inked a six-year, $140 million extension this offseason ($23.3 million per year) and expectations are Stafford's new deal will top that.
Heading into the matchup with the Jaguars, Stafford is completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 2,373 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. His 101.6 passer rating ranks fifth in the NFL and would be a career best.