Apr 27th 2009 By Anthony Layser
As the first pick in this past weekend's NFL Draft, former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford will get $41.7 million guaranteed
. The six-year deal with the Detroit Lions could eventually earn him as much as $72 million. Stafford has not thrown a single NFL pass nor taken an NFL snap, meaning there's a chance the Lions just bet the farm on the next Ryan Leaf.
But what if he's not a complete failure? To put things in perspective, Johnny Unitas landed a $7,000 contract in 1956. Two decades later, Notre Dame grad Joe Montana scored $50,000 plus a $50,000 signing bonus. If Stafford has a career even remotely as impressive as those two quarterbacks, the Lions will probably feel as though the comparatively ludicrous paycheck they've signed is money well spent.
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