04.25.09

Lions Agree To Pay Matt Stafford A Minimum of $41.7 Million To Don Their Ugly New Uniforms

Posted in Gridiron at 12:36 am by

It’s the sort of signing that only the most delusional of Detroit sports fans would figure to change anything of great consequence. But enough about Rob Parker’s new blogging gig for WDIV, the Detroit Lions have managed to take all the suspense out of the start of tomorrow’s NFL Draft. From the Detroit News’ John Niyo :

Former Georgia QB Matt Stafford’s agent, Tom Condon, and Lions officials agreed to terms on a six-year contract Friday that includes $41.7 million in guaranteed money, the richest rookie contract in NFL history, two league sources said.

The maximum value of the deal with incentives is $78 million, which tops the six-year, $72 million deal — with $34.75 million guaranteed — that Matt Ryan, another Condon client, received last year as the No. 3 overall pick.

Stafford is aware he’s not the first choice for a lot of Lions fans. There were chants of “We want Curry!” and “Don’t draft Stafford!” at the team’s new uniform unveiling Monday in Madison Heights.

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