Matthew Stafford says Andrew Luck's deal good for fellow QBs

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Matthew Stafford was glad to see Andrew Luck sign a massive contract extension this offseason, saying the Indianapolis Colts quarterback deserved every penny he was able to get.

He said he thought the six-year, $140 million deal with $87 million guaranteed was good for Luck -- and for other quarterbacks in the NFL as well.

"I thought it was a good deal," the Detroit Lions quarterback said. "I'm never against anybody making as much money as they can. That's great. This is a limited-time business. We don't get to play this game until we're 50, and he's a heck of a player, deserving of every cent.

"I would imagine he's excited to just put that behind him and go play now. He's got, whatever, five or six years, whatever it is, to just go out there and play football. I thought it was good. I thought it was good for our league, good for our position, everything."

It might matter more for Stafford than other quarterbacks in the league. That's because he is eligible for a contract extension after the 2016 season, and depending how he plays, Stafford could be in line to become the richest player in the NFL this offseason. Stafford will be earning his third NFL contract either this offseason or after the 2017 season, the final year of his deal with the Lions. He's scheduled to make $17 million this season and $16.5 million next season.

The 28-year-old said he isn't worried about his contract or potentially becoming the NFL's richest player, though.

"Contract stuff, that doesn't weigh into my preparation, my decisions, nothing," Stafford said. "I just go out there and play. My job is to help this team win, and that's really all I focus on.

"The rest of that stuff takes care of itself."