The 2009 NFL Draft has basically gotten underway, as the Lions, sitting with the number one pick after an 0-16 season in 2008, have gotten their man. Reports say that the Lions have agreed to terms on a 6-year deal with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, and once the clock hits in New York City at the Draft, they will make him their next franchise QB.
Word is that it’s a 6-year deal worth $41.7 million in guarantees and as much as $78 million. Stafford has two big name agents on his team – Tom Condon and Ben Dogra. The Lions and the agents for the QB have been going back and forth on a deal for the last three days, and the Lions wanted badly to get the deal in place before picking him Saturday.
To compare the Stafford deal to last year – Falcons QB Matt Ryan, the No. 3 pick in last year’s draft, was signed to a $72 million, six-year contract with $34.75 million guaranteed.
Stafford will be expected to turn around the Lions. While Daunte Culpepper is probably going to start the season, or at least given the chance, there’s no doubt that Stafford is the QB that will be given the long term shot to lead the Lions out of the cellar.