The Matthew Stafford Experiment: Side Effects May Vary


Published: April 25, 2009


... pick in the draft.  He is guaranteed $41.7 million, but beyond that, his contract gets murky.  Multiple sites, including and, seem to have multiple opinions on his contract's overall worth.

However, this article is not about the amount of money Matt Stafford is due.  This article is about the effects the signing will have, both on the Lions and the rest of the league.

1. The Lions Now Have a Face of the Franchise

Last year, the 0-16 Lions were a mess, to say the very least.  They were in desperate need of someone to represent all the franchise stood for.  This year, they will enter the season with a new head coach, general manager and now a new franchise quarterback. 

Even though Jim Scwhartz has essentially earned a rockstar status as the new head coach, make no mistake, Stafford is the face of this organization now.

Like the Atlanta Falcons of last year, Detroit desperately neede...

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