Matt Stafford Focused On Football, Not Contract
After the 2018 season, Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford will become an unrestricted free agent. This leaves the Lions with questions over what to do about their star quarterback.
Earlier today, Stafford talked with the Detriot Free Press' Dave Birkett and declared he's focusing solely on football at the moment rather than inking a contract extension. This offseason, Stafford's name has appeared frequently alongside fellow quarterbacks Derek Carr and Kirk Cousins, both of whom are expected to sign major contract extensions.
"I got no timetable" Stafford said in response to a question over whether or not he'll sign a deal before Carr or Cousins.
The Washington Redskins franchise tagged Cousins in February of this year with details of a potential long-term deal to be worked out by July 15. Carr hopes the Raiders will negotiate an extension for his contract by the start of training camp.
Andrew Luck currently has the biggest contract for all quarterbacks at $24.6 millions per season average. Cousins' and Carr's deals will likely surpass that mark. Stafford also has a large chance of joining the pack when his deal is reached.
Stafford showed improvement during the 2016 season despite playing with an injured finger on his throwing hand through much of the second half. Stafford finished the season with a 93.3 passer rating.