Lions, Stafford agree to $72 million deal
The Detroit Lions were determined not to go into the NFL draft today without their No. 1 target signed, sealed and delivered. They finally got their man.
The Lions signed Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford to a six-year contract late Friday and, according to a league source, Stafford will receive $41.7 million in guaranteed money and $72 million overall.
Stafford will earn about $12 million per season over his six-year deal, while Matt Ryan, who was the No. 3 pick last year to the Atlanta Falcons, had inked a deal worth about $11 million per season.
Negotiations between the Lions and Stafford turned up in intensity Wednesday after Detroit had reached an agreement on contract terms with Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry. The Lions wanted to have a Plan B in place in case contract talks with Stafford — their No. 1 target — broke down.