Quarterback Mathew Stafford officially signed his new three-year $53 million contract extension with the Detroit Lions this morning.
Officially signed the deal! Thank you ford family! @kellybhall & I are happy to be in Detroit for at least 5 more! Love this team and city!
— Matthew Stafford (@Staff_9) July 10, 2013
Stafford says he wanted to help the team create more cap space with his new contract.
“I want to be about the team,” Stafford said Wednesday after signing the deal, via DetroitLions.com. “I want to help the team out if I can in cap space, whatever it is. I want good players around me as a quarterback. It doesn’t hurt to have weapons and if I can help out anyway I can, I’m happy to do it.”
With Stafford’s cap number over $20 million for 2013 and 2014, he could have played out his old contract, but he decided help his team out.
“You know, there were people out there that wanted me to do that and I thought about it,” Stafford said. “But I wanted to do what was right for the club and what was right for me.
“Like I said months ago when you guys didn’t believe me and I said I’m not in it to sign mega contracts, I’m in it to win games and I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to do what I can to help this club and get as many players around me as we can.”