DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Lions hope Matthew Stafford ends
their decades-long search for a star quarterback.
The Lions on Saturday announced they signed Stafford to a six-year contract. Agent Tom Condon and Ben Dogra, who also represents the Georgia QB, negotiated the deal with $41.7 million in guarantees and a maximum value of $78 million.
Condon confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on Friday night.
The Lions will formally take Stafford with the No. 1 pick in the draft Saturday.
They have five of the first 82 picks to help the NFL's first 0-16 team bounce back to respectability.
Detroit hasn't had a quarterback play in the Pro Bowl since Greg Landry in 1971. Long-term stability at the position has been elusive since Bobby Layne starred for them in the 1950s.