Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford Era Begins Today

It’s official.  After months of speculation and rumors, the Detroit Lions will select Georgia’s Matthew Stafford in the first round as the overall no. 1 pick in today’s NFL draft.

The Lions and Stafford have come to terms on a six-year deal worth up to $78 million — with $41.7 million guaranteed.

Is this a good deal for the Lions?  Time will tell.  But after finishing 0-16 last year, the team had little choice but to make a bold statement to its fans.  So today, the Matthew Stafford era begins in Detroit.

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About Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas is the original founder and owner of Detroit Athletic Co. He enjoys free-lance writing as well and his articles have appeared in The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, Crain's Detroit Business and The Wall Street Journal.