If the last two seasons have proven anything, it’s that Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions is one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the NFL when healthy and he’s certainly worthy of being paid like one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. While it seems like only a matter of time before the two sides finally work out a deal, Stafford has made one thing clear over these negotiations process–that he’s a team player.
Stafford was recently asked about his contract situation and made it clear that he cares more about winning games than the amount of money he’s earning in a hefty contract–which is just the type of player the Lions need. Sure, it’s no secret that Stafford will most likely end up being one of the top paid quarterback in the league when a deal is finally reached, but Detroit has to be pleased to hear this type of response from their franchise quarterback.
Despite last season’s disappointing 4-12 finish, expectations will be high for the Lions heading into the 2012 season as they look to reach the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. This team has all of the right weapons on both sides of the ball to make a playoff run, but whether or not they do so will heavily depend on how well Stafford performs.
Luckily for the Lions, Stafford realizes how important it is to have weapons around him instead of receiving that hefty contract–so at least Detroit has that going for them.
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