Lions Select Matt Stafford: New Front Office, Same Problems


Published: April 25, 2009


... Matthew Stafford from the University of Georgia.

The Lions will shell out the largest contract ever to a draft pick, with a six-year, $41.7 million deal, which could end up being worth as much as $78 million if he meets all of the team's goals.

This contract is now the largest to any draft pick ever, exceeding the five-year, $57.5 million contract for Jake Long by the Dolphins and the six-year, $72 million contract of Matt Ryan by the Falcons.

All this sounds significant, but in the end, it is just another chapter in the book that is the Detroit Lions' futility.

The Lions have made the move that will give them the most publicity, but it again, is the wrong choice for the team.

Stafford will be joining a team that has the offensive line skill of the average high school team. Instead of making the move that was best for the team, they made the popular move, and it will cost them more than $78 million.

This team has significant hole...

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