Lions, Stafford begin talks on contract extension

NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that a team source says the Detroit Lions have begun talks with quarterback Matthew Stafford on a contract extension.

At this point, it's nothing more than talk, rather than serious negotiations, but the Lions have said all along that they wanted to get a new deal done with the 25-year-old Stafford.

"Matthew Stafford is our quarterback, and we hope is our quarterback for a long time," team president Tom Lewand said, via MLive.com. "The reason to explore a contract extension with Matthew is to fulfill that goal of having him be our quarterback for a long time. It's not a short-term look at the salary cap."

"That's the wrong way to look at that. When you look at extending somebody like Matthew, he's not going to take less money to extend. That's a very short-term focus to look at."

Stafford is due $12 million in 2013, but his salary cap hit is $20.3 million, the third-highest in the NFL behind Eli Manning and older brother Peyton.