Talks on a new contract for Matthew Stafford never really got off the ground, but that didn’t stop the Detroit Lions from filling two of their biggest needs with a pair of the most prominent free agents at their positions.

The Lions wedged running back Reggie Bush and safety Glover Quin into a tight budget, re-signed cornerback Chris Houston and added defensive end Jason Jones, thanks to some first-year cap-friendly contracts, a depressed market and more than $10 million in reclaimed cap room.

First, on Stafford, Lions president Tom Lewand said Thursday he still hopes to get the quarterback signed to a new, long-term deal.

The Lions met with Stafford’s agent, Tom Condon, last month at the NFL combine but made little progress on a deal that would lower Stafford’s $20.8-million cap figure yet make him one of highest-paid players in the game.

Stafford has two years left on his rookie deal.

“I haven’t changed my position on that in the last few weeks,” Lewand said. “Obviously, we think Matthew Stafford is the guy who can be our quarterback for a long time, and we want to have some discussions with him about his contract, in accordance with that desire to keep him for a long time. If that works out, that’s great. But we know he’s here for at least the next two years, so we’ll keep working on that as well.”