Lions, Stafford Reach Agreement
UPDATED (11:25 p.m.)...
The Detroit Lions have reached a contract agreement with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford to make him the top overall selection in the NFL draft Saturday.
A source said the six-year deal contains $41.7 million in guaranteed money and a maximum overall value of $78 million, including possible incentives.
The Lions, coming off the first 0-16 season in league history, also negotiated with Baylor left tackle Jason Smith and Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry but decided to make Stafford the centerpiece of their rebuilding project.
Others around the league had expected the Lions to go with Stafford, regarded as the top quarterback available in the draft ahead of Southern Cal's Mark Sanchez.
Stafford passed up his final season of collegiate eligibility at Georgia to enter the draft.
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