The Detroit Lions have signed a deal to make Matthew Stafford the NFL's top draft pick, sources tell ESPN. The Georgia quarterback, a key part of the Lions' plans to rebuild after the worst season in NFL history, has been given a 6-year deal worth a maximum of $78 million, with $41.3 million guaranteed.
The deal is the richest in the history of the draft, topping the $72 million deal the Atlanta Falcons gave Matt Ryan. The Lions say they've done their homework and they're sure Stafford won't be a bust. "We've seen every pass he's thrown in the last 2 years, and that's where you learn about his decision-making ability," said first-year coach Jim Schwartz.