Stafford: ‘Cousins option’ wasn’t on table with new deal

During a Tuesday news conference, both the Lions and Matthew Stafford painted a picture of friendly contract negotiations before agreeing on a five-year, $135 million extension late Monday night.

So amenable were talks that it doesn’t sound like Stafford or his agents gave too much thought to what is now being called the Kirk Cousins option. Cousins, who has twice signed the franchise tag in Washington, committed to play out his two one-year deals while using the guaranteed raises to dramatically increase his bottom-level salary whenever long-term talks are finally broached seriously. If Cousins is franchised again by the Redskins in 2018, he would make nearly $35 million next year.

“At certain points, at times, everything’s in play when you meet with my guys and [agent] Tom [Condon] and those guys at CAA, but in the back of my mind, I’ve always wanted to be here,” Stafford told reporters. “From the first day I met with my representatives, after I talked with [general manager] Bob [Quinn] and those guys in February, that was the first question he asked me and I said, ‘Absolutely, I want to be in Detroit.’ And you never know if that’s always going to work

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