Matthew Stafford never gave much thought to trade rumors earlier this year, saying Thursday he had always prepared as if he would still be the Detroit Lions' quarterback this season and, he hopes, for many seasons to come.

Stafford had conversations with general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia about the rumors, but he said he stopped thinking about them in a snap -- while actually snapping his fingers on a Zoom conference call with reporters.

The rumors had started because of some since-debunked local and national media reports as well as the possibility that the Lions would draft Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, something that never happened.

"I really don't pay too much attention to 'em," Stafford said of the rumors. "I pay less attention to them than my wife does. But it's something that doesn't bother me. I'm here. I want to be here. I love being a Detroit Lion. I love leading this team.