2 Research Notes for Matthew Stafford and related
2009.04.24  Big Money for Top Picks
Matthew Stafford has agreed to a 6-year deal with the Lions that will pay him $41.7 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $78 million -- easily the largest contract ever for a No. 1 overall pick.
Maximum Contract Value of No. 1 Overall Pick - Since 2004
Year Player Team Contract
2009 QB Matthew Stafford Lions 6-yr/$78M
2008 OT Jake Long Dolphins 5-yr/$57.8M
2007 QB JaMarcus Russell Raiders 6-yr/$68.0M
2006 DE Mario Williams Texans 6-yr/$62.1M
2005 QB Alex Smith 49ers 6-yr/49.5M
2004 QB Eli Manning Giants<< 6-yr/$54.0M
>>Originally drafted by Chargers
2009.04.22  Should Stafford Sign Before Draft?
Last 4 No. 1 Overall Picks - Signed Before NFL Draft
Year Player, Team Date
2008 Jake Long, MIA April 21
2006 Mario Williams, HOU April 28
2003 Carson Palmer, CIN April 25
2002 David Carr, HOU April 19
2 Research Notes for Matthew Stafford and related
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