clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Stafford to Be Top Pick With or Without Contract?


A source inside the Detroit Lions organization told’s Thomas George that neither the team nor QB Matthew Stafford believe any differences in contract talks will stop the Georgia quarterback from becoming the No. 1 overall pick in Saturday’s draft.

If the Lions pick Stafford without having a contract already agreed to, my opinion of Martin Mayhew and the new front-office will quickly become negative.  All this time they have said that they want the top pick to be signed before the draft, and on top of that, they already have agreed to terms with Aaron Curry as a backup plan.  What is the point of having leverage if you let the other party call your bluff and you back down?  If Stafford is the top pick and doesn't have something already agreed to, I can envision a holdout, and that is the last thing the Lions need right now.  If Tom Condon doesn't like the deal that has been offered, I would say to hell with him and draft Curry.

Pride of Detroit Direct

Sign up now for a 7-day free trial of Pride of Detroit Direct, with exclusive updates from Jeremy Reisman on the ground at Allen Park, instant reactions after each game, and in-depth Lions analysis from film expert Jon Ledyard.