Matt Stafford not focused on new contract with Lions


After finishing 2012 with eight straight losses, Stafford is looking for a bounce-back season.

After the 2014 season, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has a contract that expires. However, the signal-caller says he isn't concerned about the status of his deal, but is solely focused on winning for Detroit this year, according to the team's official website.

The Georgia product says the contract won't be a distraction, per the piece:

"I don't think it will be either way, whether it gets done or doesn't," Stafford said. "I don't play this game to get contracts. I play this game to win games. That's the way I've always felt about it. Whether it gets done or doesn't, it's no distraction."

Stafford is still on his six-year rookie contract, one that has paid him handsomely but also is subject of an extension. In recent times, quarterbacks such as Joe Flacco and Tony Romo have gotten contracts guaranteeing them more than $50 million, giving Stafford something to think about.

Stafford has enjoyed plenty of success personally for the Lions in recent seasons. Last year, the former overall top pick threw for 4,967 yards, but he only had 20 touchdowns compared to 17 interceptions.

In 2011, Stafford was tremendous in leading Detroit to its first playoff appearance since 1999 with a 10-6 record, all while throwing for 5,038 yards. Stafford is only one of three quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season along with Dan Marino and Drew Brees.

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