Stafford not fretting over contract
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Matthew Stafford is taking a hands-off approach to his contract talks but said Tuesday he's more interested in breaking records with his play than with his contract.
"Everywhere in the league you see guys breaking records with how much they're making and all that kind of stuff, and honestly, you want fair-market value," he said. "I don't really care about breaking records too much. I want to break records on the field. I want to win games, I want to have as many good players around me as I possibly can."
The Detroit quarterback said he loves being with the Lions. He has two years remaining on the deal he signed with the team when he was taken No. 1 overall in the 2009 draft.
"That's my No. 1 focus this whole offseason was trying to do everything I could to help us win and the contract stuff will take care of itself," he said.
He said he doesn't expect his contract situation to be a distraction -- "I personally don't want it to be," he said, adding that he's trying to keep his focus strictly on football.
General manager Martin Mayhew said in January the Lions would make an effort to renegotiate or extend Stafford's contract. Stafford says he doesn't get too involved with negotiations. "That's why you hire an agent," he said.
Stafford signed a six-year contract worth up to $78 million, with $41.7 million in guarantees. He has since reportedly reworked the contract to help the Lions with free-agency moves.
Stafford threw for 4,967 yards last season, but the Lions stumbled to a 4-12 record.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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