So young Mr. Stafford will get almost tens of millions of dollars -- while also setting the league record for guaranteed money before playing a down -- to learn his new job in the middle of America's financial Armageddon and newly-crowned most dangerous city. Assuming he hires good boydguards, of course he's pumped:
The feedback begins:
=> Some teams don't even think Stafford's the best QB in this draft;
=> The first thing to do with this expensive new investment is don't use it for a good long time (good luck with the unemployed locals screaming to put him in when the losing
=> The Lions didn't use their leverage and the contract is absurd (even when people thought they did have leverage); and
=> The Lions have totally blown up the rookie pay scale (endearing them to the league, no doubt).
Who know what the future will hold, like, if they get quality defense with their #20 pick. But today, way you look at this deal -- PR, on the field and financially -- this deal's not looking good.