Following Day 2 of the Detroit Lions off-season workouts on Tuesday, Matthew Stafford spoke to the media about a variety of topics, including his on-going contract negotiations. Stafford didn’t seem too bothered by the current state of negotiations as they are still in the early stages but expressed his desire to stay in Detroit.

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Sep 18, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) talks to the offensive line during the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford is about to enter the final season of his current 3-year, $53M deal and the hope is to have an extension in place by the end of this summer. He is currently the 18th-highest paid quarterback in the NFL, but the extension could potentially top $25M per year, making him the highest-paid player in the league. Andrew Luck, of the Indianapolis Colts, is currently No. 1 bringing in $24.6M this year after signing a 6-year, $140M deal in 2016.

While the new extension would eat up a large percentage of the Lions salary cap, Stafford expressed his confidence in the Lions’ organization to find a way to sustain the team’s success from last season by putting the right pieces around him.

Stafford is coming off a very solid season in which he was an MVP candidate until an injury to his middle finger in December halted his production towards the end of the year. Nevertheless, he led the Lions to a 9-7 record and berth in the NFL playoffs, before losing in the Wild Card Round to the Seattle Seahawks. He guided the Lions to eight fourth-quarter comebacks in 2016, the most by a quarterback in a single-season in NFL history. Following the season, Stafford noted the injured middle finger did not require surgery.

On a lighter note, Stafford also spoke today on his new career of being a father. His wife, Kelly, gave birth to twin daughters, Chandler and Sawyer, on March 31. Congratulations to Matthew and Kelly, we hope the babies don’t keep you up too late once the season rolls around. Unfortunately, the off-season has already ended now that Stafford is a full-time dad.