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Matthew Stafford Has 41.7 Reasons Not to Fail

Published by on April 29, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

If you want a guy to feel enormous amounts of pressure, try giving him $41.7 million guaranteed before he’s taken one NFL snap. Oh, I almost forgot, the notoriously terrible Detroit Lions did give their No. 1 draft pick, Matthew Stafford, that type of loot.

Am I bitter he got millions before he’s played one NFL game? No, although I believe the NFL, like the NBA and MLB, should cap rookies salaries. It's almost ironic that guys in the NFL that prove themselves year after year have to fight to get contracts like rookies drafted in the top ten. Makes no sense at all.

Hopefully the NFL’s Players Association will get owners and the league to change this practice. In most professions you’re giving ...

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