- According to Peter King, Matthew Stafford will be a Lion.
Busy night. Very busy night, as the Lions and agents for Matthew Stafford moved closer to a deal to make the Georgia quarterback the first pick in Saturday's NFL's draft.I think those of you that have said Tom Condon is simply waiting until the last minute to see if he can get more money or a better deal from another team are correct. I think Stafford will be a Lion, as I highly doubt there is a better deal out there for him. Right now more teams are interested in Mark Sanchez it seems like (see below), and I don't think any teams with a high pick want Stafford anyways.
I think the financial parameters of a deal will be done in principal by late this afternoon, though it may not be signed for a while because of its complexity. But you can take it to the bank: Stafford's going to be a Detroit Lion.
- While waiting for word to come down from the Matthew Stafford camp, the Lions will be passing the time by running through multiple mock drafts to prepare for tomorrow. It is just another sign that Martin Mayhew and company are doing everything possible to be ready for the draft, which is something I definitely like to see.
- There is a ton of interest in Mark Sanchez. The Denver Broncos may be looking to move up to draft him. The Redskins may also be interested in trading up for him, and it has been reported on ESPN that Jason Campbell would request a trade if Washington drafts a QB.
- Also reported on ESPN was that the Giants are looking to move up to draft Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.
- The Pats are reportedly looking to move into the top 10 of the draft, possibly to select LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson. Jackson's stock has gone off the charts in the last couple of days, as some have him being drafted as high as the No. 3 pick.
- Larry Fitzgerald and Troy Polamalu are the cover boys for Madden 10.
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By Sean Yuille