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    Lions & Stafford agree to contract; Rams are officially on the clock

    lions signed stafford to a deal


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    Re: Rams are officially on the clock

    It's true, but for future reference, please source your articles with some sort of quote.

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    Re: Rams are officially on the clock

    Good news for us, with Stafford gone, those desperate for a QB will be more desperate to trade up for Sanchez before someone else gets him. I really hope we can deal this pick for another in the top 10 now.

    Lions, Stafford come to terms

    By Peter King, Sports Illustrated


    There will not be a holdout with the top pick in the 2009 NFL draft. The Detroit Lions and agents for Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford reached an agreement on a record-setting contract that will pay Stafford a guaranteed $41.7 million.

    The six-year contract, with incentives, could be worth as much as much as $78 million for Stafford.

    The Lions, who had a deal worth much less in place with Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry if they couldn't reach a deal with Stafford, clearly wanted the quarterback all along. Coach Jim Schwartz, trying to turn around the fortunes of the 0-16 team, made it clear he valued the moxie and terrific arm strength of Stafford, and general manager Martin Mayhew and COO Tom Lewand, set out Wedesday to make a deal with Stafford. Friday night, shortly after 10:30 ET, the deal got done.

    Now it will be up to St. Louis, with the second pick in the draft, to make the next choice. Barring a surprise move into the top of the draft by a team seeking USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, the Rams are expected to choose either Virginia tackle Eugene Monroe or Baylor tackle Jason Smith -- and the pick likely will be Smith

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    Re: Rams are officially on the clock

    good stuff

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    Re: Rams are officially on the clock

    $41.7 million guaranteed. Good grief. I wonder what the Rams' deal will ultimately look like.

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    Re: Rams are officially on the clock

    That's a comparable deal to what Nick got for signing his long term deal with Dez as a mod for the board. Well worth the money, stafford is going to be a superstar if they put an offensive line around him and get him some weapons. If they dont, he will be lousy, just like the rest of nfl qbs that get no protection.

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    Re: Rams are officially on the clock

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    $41.7 million guaranteed. Good grief. I wonder what the Rams' deal will ultimately look like.
    Too painful to think about at the moment. Thank you Detroit for utterly failing at contract negotiation. A rookie salary structure can't come soon enough.

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    Matthew Stafford agrees to $41.7M, six-year deal with Lions

    Sources: Stafford will be No. 1 pick
    By John Clayton
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    The Detroit Lions reached an agreement with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford to make him the first pick in the NFL draft on Saturday.

    According to a source, Stafford will receive a six-year, $41.7 million deal that could be worth $78 million if he achieves all of his playing incentives. The source also said he will receive $41.7 million in guarantees. That tops the $41 million in guarantees Albert Haynesworth received from the Washington Redskins.

    The Lions intensified negotiations for Stafford over the past three days, knowing they could also reach a less expensive deal with Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry. After Curry's agents visited the Lions minicamp over the weekend, Lions president Tom Lewand focused on Stafford.

    The Stafford deal is the richest given to a draft choice in history, topping the five-year, $57.5 million contract the Dolphins gave to tackle Jake Long last season and the six-year, $72 million contract Matt Ryan received from the Atlanta Falcons.

    The language of the contract must still be agreed upon and approved by the management council.

    As the week began, the Lions were down to three choices -- Stafford, Curry and Baylor tackle Jason Smith, but the team was insistent on having a contract in place with the first-round pick before Saturday's draft.

    Detroit desperately needs a quarterback to help turn around the NFL's first 0-16 team, which has had the worst eight-year stretch in the league since World War II, and is turning to Stafford after he was a starter in each of his three seasons at Georgia.

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    BREAKING NEWS: Stafford, Lions Agree To 6 Yr Deal Worth Up To 78 MIL. 41.7 Guaranteed

    Source: John Clayton, ESPN Senior Writer

    The Detroit Lions reached an agreement with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford to make him the first pick in the NFL draft on Saturday.

    According to a source, Stafford will receive a six-year, $41.7 million deal that could be worth $78 million if he achieves all of his playing incentives. The source also said he will receive $41.7 million in guarantees. That tops the $41 million in guarantees Albert Haynesworth received from the Washington Redskins.

    Stafford would have to make the Pro Bowl each year to get to $78 million, so he has a better chance to make $72 million. In order to receive the full $41.7 million in guarantees, Stafford has to play 35 percent of the downs as a rookie or 45 percent in later years of the contract.
    The Lions intensified negotiations for Stafford over the past three days, knowing they could also reach a less expensive deal with Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry. After Curry's agents visited the Lions minicamp over the weekend, Lions president Tom Lewand focused on Stafford.

    The Stafford deal is the richest given to a draft choice in history, topping the five-year, $57.5 million contract the Dolphins gave to tackle Jake Long last season and the six-year, $72 million contract Matt Ryan received from the Atlanta Falcons.

    The language of the contract must still be agreed upon and approved by the management council.
    As the week began, the Lions were down to three choices -- Stafford, Curry and Baylor tackle Jason Smith, but the team was insistent on having a contract in place with the first-round pick before Saturday's draft.
    Detroit desperately needs a quarterback to help turn around the NFL's first 0-16 team, which has had the worst eight-year stretch in the league since World War II, and is turning to Stafford after he was a starter in each of his three seasons at Georgia.
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    Re: Lions & Stafford agree to contract; Rams are officially on the clock

    Thats another reason not to select Sanchez. His deal wont be that far off from Stafford if we take him to overall. We can't get rid of Bulger without taking a huge hit, so would have Bulger coming in at 60+ mill and Sanchez around 70mil. That makes less than no sense IMO to have 130 mil tied up in one position.

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    Re: Lions & Stafford agree to contract; Rams are officially on the clock

    I really am disgusted with a rookie getting a deal with $41.7 million in guaranteed money. What a joke. I thought Millen left the Lions (dripping with sarcasm). Even if this guy pans out, it's ridiculous. I sure hope a rookie cap is part of the next CBA. OMG this has gotten completely out of hand.
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