Stafford deal done; Lions will make him No. 1 pick
The Lions finalized a contract with quarterback Matt Stafford late Friday and will draft the Georgia quarterback with the No. 1 pick, team sources said.
The two sides had been working on a deal for several days after the Lions decided to rebuild their team around the junior signal caller.
Neither Stafford, his agent Tom Condon nor Lions general manager Martin Mayhew returned phone calls or e-mails Friday, but Stafford told NFL.com earlier in the day he wanted to play for Detroit.
We've had some good talks, some good visits and sessions, and I would feel very comfortable there and believe I could become a part of growing something special, Stafford said. I wouldn't feel lost there at all.
Terms of the deal weren't immediately known and it wasn't clear if Stafford would sign a contract before the draft begins around 4 p.m. today. Regardless, the Lions intend to make Stafford just the fourth quarterback they've drafted in the first round in the last 40 years.
Update: The deal is agreed to, but has not been signed. Regardless, Stafford will be the No. 1 pick sometime tomorrow.
Update II: First the deal is for six years. Second, I just got a text message from Stafford: "I'm unbelievably excited and truly blessed," the message read. "Thanks so much."