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Stafford Telling Teammates He'll Be A Lion

Last week, we’ve heard that the Lions have locked onto Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
The information came from a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking.
This week, we’re hearing the same thing, but from the player’s perspective.
As we hear it, Stafford is telling his former Bulldog teammates that he’ll be the pick, and that he’ll receive more than $40 million, guaranteed, under the contract that the team will pay him.
Stafford is characterizing the move as a “done deal.”
If true, there’s no further reason for the Lions to continue to push the “signability” nonsense, and for the Lions to announce that Stafford is the guy sooner rather than later.

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55 Responses to “Stafford Telling Teammates He'll Be A Lion”
  1. Osterhouse says: Apr 13, 2009 6:40 PM

    Questionable pick

  2. nedirect says: Apr 13, 2009 6:43 PM

    he is already acting like a lion. keep your mouth shut.

  3. HarrisonHits says: Apr 13, 2009 6:55 PM

    If they give any rookie 40 mil guaranteed they are nuts. The Lions seem bent on continuing to be the worst NFL franchise.

  4. burley29 says: Apr 13, 2009 6:55 PM

    “If true, there’s no further reason for the Lions to continue to put out the “signability” nonsense to rest, and for the Lions to announce that Stafford is the guy sooner rather than later.”
    I can think of a reason… maybe they can still get a sucker to trade up and dodge the bullet of signing this clown to 40 mil guaranteed.
    There is absolutely no reason to announce your pick prior to the draft. You cannot gain by it, but you can lose by it if someone decides that they really want someone (like Curry). If they know you are commited to Stafford, then they trade up to 2 rather than 1 and save 5-7 million in guaranteed cheddar.

  5. Brewster says: Apr 13, 2009 6:57 PM

    I’ve heard from “relaible” sources that Stafford was on the fence about signing with the Lions if they drafted him. But when he saw their new uniforms it was a done deal.

  6. bengal man says: Apr 13, 2009 7:01 PM

    I agree with burley29 100 %…
    I also beleive he is not a sure fire NFL QB at this time,he mostly depended on his teams running game at georgia not his arm.

  7. Backinthesaddle says: Apr 13, 2009 7:07 PM

    If this is in fact the case and the Lions have told him that he’ll be the pick and what the terms will be etc….then I would also surmise that the Lions would have told him to keep it in confidence until such time they’re ready to release the info for public consumption.
    If the kid is supposed to keep it in confidence and is running around blabbing like a teenage schoolgirl then I seriously have to question his maturity.
    This kid strikes me as spoiled and immature…..just my instincts. I think Sanchez has it all over this guy from a character standpoint. It’s my opinion that the best QBs are the ones with the best work ethic, smarts and natural leadership. I’d pick Sanchez over this kid.

  8. J. Van Horn says: Apr 13, 2009 7:13 PM

    This guy is a clown. He got yelled at for not paying attention at the combine. Now he is already bragging about the money. Can anyone say Ryan Leaf? Sorry about your luck Detroit.

  9. 777 says: Apr 13, 2009 7:19 PM

    barryandcalvin2bestplayersever, these are the lions

  10. barryandcalvin2bestplayersever says: Apr 13, 2009 7:19 PM

    You fools watch your mouths!!! Stafford to Calvin will be the best QB-WR combo for the next 10 years…. Lions will be the team to beat for the next decade. 3 or 4 super bowl championships by year 2020.

  11. Favre2012 says: Apr 13, 2009 7:21 PM

    The next Ryan Leaf.

  12. empty13 says: Apr 13, 2009 7:24 PM

    yer stoned barry.
    nobody to calvin will be a popular combo because the detroit qb will be flat on his back a lot, not so much because of a lack of o talent, but certainly due to a preponderance of predictability.

  13. mike28212 says: Apr 13, 2009 7:24 PM

    Actually bengal man, Georgia led the SEC in passing offense in 2008.

  14. B-more says: Apr 13, 2009 7:26 PM

    You had me for a min until 40 Million Guaranteed.. NO WAY !!!!..

  15. superius says: Apr 13, 2009 7:32 PM

    Damn I was really hoping he’d slip and the Jets would grab him – love to see them blow their first round pick in back to back years.

  16. GrabbinPills says: Apr 13, 2009 7:46 PM


  17. zod says: Apr 13, 2009 7:47 PM

    What you heard out of Stafford’s mouth was the Curt Gowdy kiss of death. If his agent is behind this move, then he’s dumber than Stafford.

  18. SweeptheLeg says: Apr 13, 2009 7:50 PM

    Stafford has all the tools to be a great QB in the NFL, but yeah as someone who watched him play for UGA the past couple of years I would question whether he has the “intangibles” that writers harp on all the time. With that being said who else you going to draft and give 30-40 million too? Nobody in this draft has the major hype factor, and really do the Lions want to take the chance of passing on a guy who could be franchise QB for a left tackle or a linebacker? And Stafford actually WANTS to play there if you can believe it!
    The Lions should just get him signed and put a play book in his hand as soon as possible so he can be ready to go if/when Dante starts falling apart.
    And really I don’t care how “mature” you are if someone told you hey in 2 weeks I’m going to give you 40million I don’t think there is anyone who could keep that secert.

  19. nedirect says: Apr 13, 2009 7:55 PM

    worst comment ever.

  20. mike hunt says: Apr 13, 2009 7:57 PM

    Alrighty then barryandcalvin lets calm down. 3 or 4 superbowls? You are obviously on something…I am thinking more like 8. They will be the GWEATEST team of all tiiime..dork

  21. TheNword says: Apr 13, 2009 8:03 PM

    Leave barryandcalvin alone u ignorant fool!! Hes obviously a very positive person who will support his team till the end of time. You can’t deny that Calbert Johnson is a beast, so theres definitely a chance for Stafford to have some success in Detroit. I’m sure you’ve always been right with your rookie qb evaluations right?? Go put your Ryan Leaf jersey on and keep your mouth shut!

  22. DisgruntledLionsFan says: Apr 13, 2009 8:14 PM

    I’d REALLY like to see some legit sources here Florio. We all know you hate the Lions and take every opportunity you can to trash talk them. I’ll believe it when it happens, and I hope to God this isn’t true. Stafford won’t have any luck if he’s sacked 50-60 times a year, or the Defense is a laughing stock and he has to force plays. Detroit needs to draft Smith or Curry.

  23. hitdog042 says: Apr 13, 2009 8:15 PM

    Cite some references. “we hear” he’s telling his teammates? Solid lead.

  24. FumbleNuts says: Apr 13, 2009 8:16 PM

    Play him all pre-season and then let him SIT for at least 1 year minimum. If the Lions bring this kid along SLOWLY and continue to IMPROVE the O-Line. He could be decent when he has a chance to play an ENTIRE season.

  25. NonYahooHotmailAcct says: Apr 13, 2009 8:16 PM

    If they did in fact agree to terms with him, they can’t like the fact that he broke the news.

  26. cobrakai says: Apr 13, 2009 8:21 PM

    Good lord no, I hate the lions, growing up in Detroit you get used to it but this is another blow, why they hell are we taking this loser. This is what we get for keeping the Millens Mentor. When you keep the guys little pet you get more horrible picks. What a joke, the new logo has to be a kitten.

  27. barryandcalvin2bestplayersever says: Apr 13, 2009 8:24 PM

    @ empty13
    Your first comment is correct. However, your second requires a few minor adjustments which you will realize in due time.
    How bout I dehydrate a turd, put a string through it and send you a nice homemade necklace

  28. Iabearsfan says: Apr 13, 2009 8:26 PM

    New GM and coach and still the same dumb ass lions. how do you give 40 mill garunteed to a qb that proved in school he cant play against great teams.

  29. Slow Joe says: Apr 13, 2009 8:52 PM

    Why on Earth aren’t the Lions playing the potential draftees against each other like the Dolphins did last year? They signed their guy UNDER market! Were the Lions not paying attention?

  30. jkr says: Apr 13, 2009 8:53 PM

    he’s gonna be a joke didn’t they learn from harrington

  31. chcgokoala says: Apr 13, 2009 8:55 PM

    Lions will be Lions.

  32. chcgokoala says: Apr 13, 2009 9:01 PM

    I’d rather pass on a 1st overall pick than pay him 40 mil guaranteed.

  33. whit09 says: Apr 13, 2009 9:09 PM

    @ Backinthesaddle
    I agree with you…I think that once it’s all said and done Sanchez will be the better NFL QB. I’m no huge fan of USC but their QBs are ready to play in the pros more than QBs from many other schools. Leinart has been the worst QB from there that has played in the past 5 years or so and he was average (plus the jury is still out on him). When teams draft a QB from the USC system they know they are getting a top backup at worst.

  34. G-man says: Apr 13, 2009 9:17 PM

    Say what you want about Stafford’s playing ability, but the comparisons to Ryan Leaf are asinine.
    Leaf was a headcase. Stafford is leagues ahead of Leaf in intelligence and composure.
    I’m not a huge Stafford fan, but sometimes you guys are ridiculous.

  35. Treez says: Apr 13, 2009 9:52 PM

    Cleveland should draft him! Staphord!

  36. ty@thelionsinwinter says: Apr 13, 2009 9:56 PM

    Well I’ll say this: the Lions have successfully made everyone think they’re going to take Matt Stafford. This means one of two things: either they are . . . or they aren’t.
    What if next Thursday or so, they announce they’re down to either Smith or Curry? Wouldn’t that make the Rams, Chiefs, Seahawks and Browns scramble to re-do their draft boards, and maybe get on the horn? Alternatively, wouldn’t that force Stafford (and Condon)’s hand to get a deal done ASAP?
    Ty @ The Lions in Winter

  37. AFKfootball says: Apr 13, 2009 10:00 PM

    Now I understand this is the Lions… but… could they actually be putting it out there as a test to see if this guy blabs? And if he does then he’s not their guy? Are they that sophisticated?

  38. northwestpacker says: Apr 13, 2009 10:08 PM

    I agree with SweeptheLeg. Who else are the lions going to pick. They could go with one of the tackles. But I remember all too well how that worked out for the Packers when they passed on Barry Sanders and went with Tony Manarich. If the lions go with a tackle and Stafford turns out to be the next Manning then what? You need a real Quarterback !!! I do not see how you can pass on one. The Dolphins Did last year and picked a Tackle. Do you think they would do that again knowing how well Matt Ryan looks? Stafford might be a bust then again he might be haunting my Packers for years to come.

  39. garyofferdahl says: Apr 13, 2009 10:09 PM

    man thats 10 million more than Jake Long got! Whoa

  40. jmclarkent says: Apr 13, 2009 10:17 PM

    When asked why they haven’t announced their pick, an inside source with the Lions confidently replied “We gotta keep the teams that draft before us guessing”…

  41. lionsfandan says: Apr 13, 2009 10:34 PM


  42. JaggedMark says: Apr 13, 2009 11:36 PM

    No, Stafford doesn’t have all the skills. He’s inaccurate. I’m not talking about completion percentage, either. In college you have wide open receivers. Not so in the NFL. A lot of his balls are wayyyyyy off the mark.

  43. mike28212 says: Apr 13, 2009 11:39 PM

    I’d like to see more sources as well. I’ve searched and didn’t see anything about this elsewhere. I read a lot about Georgia’s spring game which Stafford attended. I never saw this mentioned at all. Are you hearing this from league sources or from his former teammates directly? It just seems rather curious.

  44. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Apr 13, 2009 11:43 PM

    And the Lions geniusness continues. Way to lose that leverage and give $40 mil guaranteed to someone who at time will look worth every penny while at others look to be worth 100th as much.

  45. qvist says: Apr 14, 2009 12:02 AM

    Um…yeah. I think the Dolphins would take Jake Long 100 more times if they had the chance. He’s a freak of nature. Chad Henne will be a great NFL QB when he gets his shot. They didn’t miss anything. You can’t have a successful QB if you don’t have an anchor at OL.

  46. schweinehund says: Apr 14, 2009 12:05 AM

    They call it “Hockeytown” for a reason.

  47. radio420 says: Apr 14, 2009 12:45 AM

    Drafting Stafford is kind of like hiring Al Unser Jr. to drive your race car that has no brakes.
    For the idiots out there
    Lions Roster = Race Car
    No Brakes = Death of a young QB
    Stafford = Talented but it won’t matter.

  48. gorilla_monsoon says: Apr 14, 2009 2:04 AM

    Ugh… same old Lions. I wanted so badly to believe that they’d figured out that their fans want a slow but steady and consistent winner. Instead they draft Matt Stafford. Who is supposed to protect him in the pocket? Backus can’t do it and I don’t have faith in any of their off season OL additions to play at left tackle. I hope Matt Stafford is happy about the prospect of backing up Jevan Sneed on another team after four or five horrible seasons in Detroit. David Carr, Joey Harrington, Byron Leftwich, Cris Simms: welcome the newest member of the flame out QB club, Matty Stafford.
    On the bright side, St Louis will gain a nice LT. They’ll be back in contention in a few years. The Chiefs will draft their defensive leader of the future in Aaron Curry. Poor poor Detroit.

  49. JimmyLions says: Apr 14, 2009 3:18 AM

    There’s no Barry Sanders in this draft. It’s sort of funny how many teams want to trade out of the top 10 — not into the top 10. No one, not even the Lions, want the #1 overall pick.
    Mandrich was clearly a steroid freak – I don’t think that’s a concern with Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe.
    It would suck if this story is true. Drafting Stafford would blow chunks like high school girls with a case of peach schnapps. He’s not the best player on the board — Curry is. Taking a 3yr QB is bad idea. The Lions don’t have an o-line to protect him. The Lions will have a high draft pick next year — we’ll be lucky to go 8-8. The Lions already have a red shirt QB sitting on the bench (Drew Stanton). The team has so many needs that drafting another red shirt QB seems like a bad idea, especially when the biggest problem is the defense. And … Stafford just doesn’t seem like a kid who has his head on straight. Sanchez seems like the better choice of the two, but the Lions have more important needs than drafting a red shirt QB.

  50. burley29 says: Apr 14, 2009 5:40 AM

    Lets not wish eternal damnation on anyone in the Lions front office yet. There has been gathering interest in the top tier QB’s of this draft over the last few weeks and making public leaks to have everyone assume one of them will be off the board will drive the value of high picks up, possibly inducing trade.
    Judging by the history of the Lions front office a move this smart seems uncharacteristic, but Mayhew is a new Sherrif in town and Lewand is a very shrewd cap guy, so maybe things can change for the better.

  51. Silvercat says: Apr 14, 2009 8:03 AM

    Was he wearing the new uniform and logo while he said it? I think the Lions have done a good job (I know it’s hard for anyone outside of Michigan to believe) at keeping everyone guessing. I don’t doubt they’d made him believe he’s the guy but either they were intentionally lying or there really were, if it was the latter they might be really ticked off right about now. I hope it’s Curry- the guy’s a beast, the Lions biggest need really is at MLB and given what Urlacher and Ray lewis just got I don’t think the money you’d pay him would be too far out of whack (#1 money will always be out of whack until a rookie cap but you have to do your best to at least make sure if you have to pay dollar you’re getting the best guy at the position of greatest need).

  52. KILLER FINS FAN says: Apr 14, 2009 9:23 AM

    they should get Stafford!!! this lions team has sucked for years WHAT do they have to lose except for $$$ & Millen has been wasting that for years!!! maybe a QB is just what the Dr. ordered!!!

  53. jasncondit says: Apr 14, 2009 10:16 AM

    The Lions are waiting to announce Stafford because they want it to sync up with their announcement of their new logo and uniforms. The announcement will be on Monday 4/20.

  54. topcide says: Apr 14, 2009 10:45 AM

    if what stafford is supposedly saying was acatually said,and if what the lions front office and coaching staff has been saying about secrecy and not tipping your hand and being accountable is something they mean for real, then stafford likely will not be the first pick after shooting his mouth off.

  55. abbazabba says: Apr 14, 2009 1:18 PM

    sounds like the Lions are more interested in “suckability” if they think a QB will solve their woes

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