Two news conferences in the Detroit area Wednesday-- talking about player contracts for two guys totalling $107 million. Hard to believe. I remember when Tom Monaghan sold the entire Tigers' franchise for $83 million. Even taking in changing times and inflation it's still hard to comprehend. The Lions will now pay quarterback Matthew Stafford $37,900 each day for the next five years-- think about that. And the Lions gushed with praise today over Stafford who hasn't exactly led his teams to title since he joined the Lions in 2009. He gets a three year extension for $53 million and $41 million is guaranteed no matter what happens through the 2017 season. And the Pistons are betting $54 million over the next four years Josh Smith can turn their sagging fortunes around.
He played the last seven years in Atlanta. Both Stafford and Smith said all the right things Wednesday and everything you'd expect from guys who just inherited a windfall of money. And those who are paying them gushed with praise too. It's amazing what pro athletes can make depending on their timing and their skills.