In 2016, the Detroit Lions won nine football games. Without Matthew Stafford leading they way, there is little doubt that number would have been MUCH lower. His leadership both on and off of the field cannot be questioned, and though there are still “haters” that come out of the woodwork every now and then, most Lions fans realize they have a good thing going.

One person who has made his feelings known about Stafford is Lions GM Bob Quinn. He believes Stafford is the right man for the job and knows that signing him to a contract extension is a priority this offseason. Quinn also knows that contract talks can take time and in the case of Stafford, we may be waiting for a while.

“We’ve begun a few discussions with his representatives. These things take time. These things don’t usually happen early in April or May, but we’re working towards that,” Quinn said on Pro Football Talk Live.

“I have a great deal of respect for Matt,” Quinn said. “I think he’s a very good quarterback that has all the leadership and off the field traits that we look for in the quarterback position, and his on-field ability I think is well-documented. His arm strength, his mobility, which he used more of this year. I think he has all those things and we need to do a better job and I need to do a better of putting more pieces around him so we have a better team around him so he doesn’t have to carry the entire load.”

Stafford is currently heading into the final year of his contract and is slated to make $16.5 million in 2017. At 29-years-old, the Lions signal-caller is still in the prime of his career and it would be in the Lions best interest to lock him up.