Recap of Matthew Stafford's extension press conference

Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Matthew Stafford met with the media on Wednesday after signing his contract extension with the Detroit Lions.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford made his contract extension with the Detroit Lions official on Wednesday morning. He then met with the media to discuss the extension, as did Lions president Tom Lewand. Below is a recap of what they had to say.

Stafford opened things up by thanking people after he signed his new deal.

It turns out that some people wanted Stafford to wait on signing a new deal to increase his value like Joe Flacco did this past season.

Part of the reason Stafford didn't want to wait on a new deal was because he wanted to free up some cap space for the Lions.

Stafford likes that he will have a chance to sign another contract before he turns 30, and he hopes to stay in Detroit beyond his current deal.

Stafford is well aware that success in the playoffs is needed to truly become one of the best and wealthiest quarterbacks in the NFL.

Stafford thinks his new deal further solidifies his spot as a leader in the locker room.

Lewand really praised how involved Stafford was in the negotiations for his extension.

Lewand is quite pleased with how the deal turned out.

Stafford has a pretty low-key day planned to celebrate his extension.

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