Lions, Stafford come to terms
There will not be a holdout with the top pick in the 2009 NFL draft. The Detroit Lions and agents for Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford reached an agreement on a record-setting contract that will pay Stafford a guaranteed $41.7 million.
The six-year contract, worth $72 million with minimum playing time achieved by Stafford, could rise to $78 million with incentives.
Stafford's deal is $12 million a year with minimum playing time and $13 million per year with incentives.
Barring a surprise move by a team seeking USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, the St. Louis Rams are expected to use the second pick in the draft to choose either Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe or Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith -- and the pick likely will be Smith.