Aaron Curry Says He Will Accept Below Market Value Guaranteed Money To Be Drafted #1 By The Lions

Aaron Curry Wants The Lions To Know That They Can Get Him On The Cheap

4/22/09 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

I tell you, this recession, or whatever you want to call it, is hitting everyone hard. And that now seems to include top NFL Draft picks.

As you're probably well aware of, many people think there isn't a clear cut #1 pick in the Draft, and that the Lions aren't exactly excited to be paying whoever that pick is $30 million plus in guaranteed money. The rest of the teams with high draft picks would also like to see the Lions keep their guaranteed money for the #1 pick lower than normal, since that way they can base their contracts with their draft picks off of that first pick.

Well, Aaron Curry has a solution for the Lions and the NFL. He'll take a pay cut to be the #1 pick!

Deadspin informs us that Curry was interviewed on Sirius satellite radio on Tuesday and said that he would accept a deal worth less than $30 million, which is what last year's top pick, Jake Long, got and what Matt Stafford is expected to demand should he go #1.

This is a rather curious move because it seems to be more about being drafted #1 overall for Curry. Does it make sense to go #1 overall for the same amount of money that you'd get if you went #2 or #3 overall? I guess Curry must really like Detroit or something.

And by the way, Curry isn't just shouting this from a soapbox, he's actually been texting Lions president Martin Mayhew about this potential deal.

"I’ve actually been able to exchange text messages with Mr. Mayhew himself, just discussing the whole situation," Curry said. "He gave me some birthday wishes on my birthday and we talked about just how things would be if me, (and Lions linebackers) Ernie Sims and Julian Peterson were together in one room, just to be able to go out there and wreak havoc. I told him I look forward to talking to him very soon."

Just so you know, Matt Stafford isn't sitting around idle either. He's also got a potential deal up his sleeve. Stafford says he'll trade in his Chevy Tahoe for a Ford if he's drafted by the Lions.

Checkmate!

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4/23/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Is Alex Smith making a lot of money off endorsements? Or is Mario Williams? I've not seen any commercials with those guys. Heck, I've at least seen Braylon Edwards in a 5 Hour Energy commercial.

Depends on how they perform of course as well.  But the stigma that comes with being the #1 overall pick doesn't hurt.  The networks pay them more because they use them more in promos and commercials, and companies use them to go with the whole "If it's good enough for #1 overall pick _____, then it's good enough for..."  Alex Smith sunk his own ship with his performances, most of these first gigs are one year deals anyways.

4/23/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
With the endorsement money that the #1 overall pick gets, he would make up for it.  He's a great character guy, and this is further proof of that.  It would only make sense for the Lions to take him up on this, which is why, as George mentioned, Stafford will probably be the choice.

Is Alex Smith making a lot of money off endorsements? Or is Mario Williams? I've not seen any commercials with those guys. Heck, I've at least seen Braylon Edwards in a 5 Hour Energy commercial.

4/22/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Seachickenhawk wrote:
If he does get picked number 1 and takes less money as promised, the rest of the Class of '09 is going to be none to happy.  Usually, after #1 signs, then the rest sign contracts accordingly.  Imagine being the #2 and thinking of a $20 million payday and then Aaron Curry comes around and signs for that amount.  You're now likely to get somewhere in the neighborhood of $19 million.  He just took $1 million out of your pockets...how are you going to live on just $19 million? 

Just imagine.

Last year Matt Ryan got quite a but more in guarantees than Jake Long, the #1 pick got.  The agents create the market when it comes to rookie contracts, not the #1 overall pick.

4/22/09   |   Seachickenhawk

If he does get picked number 1 and takes less money as promised, the rest of the Class of '09 is going to be none to happy.  Usually, after #1 signs, then the rest sign contracts accordingly.  Imagine being the #2 and thinking of a $20 million payday and then Aaron Curry comes around and signs for that amount.  You're now likely to get somewhere in the neighborhood of $19 million.  He just took $1 million out of your pockets...how are you going to live on just $19 million? 

Just imagine.

4/22/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

With the endorsement money that the #1 overall pick gets, he would make up for it.  He's a great character guy, and this is further proof of that.  It would only make sense for the Lions to take him up on this, which is why, as George mentioned, Stafford will probably be the choice.

4/22/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Nice move, take less money. Yeah, I'd do that in order to play for the Lions.

4/22/09   |   spartymon   |   1231 respect

Dear Mayhew and Co.:

Please, please, please listen to what Aaron Curry is saying.   He actually wants to play for you - whether he means it or not, isn't it nice to hear someone say there is more to football than money?

Stay away from Stafford.   He may turn out to be a great QB, but he is too big of a risk.  Can you really afford to risk another outcome like Joey Harrington?   Take Curry and stick him on the field right away.   Your new coach is a defensive specialist - give him some toys to play with.  Put Curry in the middle of your defense along with Sims and Peterson and suddenly, you have a pretty nice set of linebackers.   A huge upgrade to your defense with one single pick!   The quickest path to the playoffs is with DEFENSE, not some over-hyped QB - keep in mind, you still need guys to protect your "franchise QB".   You signed Culpepper and although he is washed-up, he can take the beating until you are ready to draft a QB next year.

After you grab Curry and stick your shiny new Lions helmet on his head, I trust that you will maneuver through the rest of draft to grab the best players that you can, especially if they are linemen or stud defenders.

In closing, I know you are in love with Stafford and you think he is the next Bobby Layne, but you will most certainly have additional high picks next year.   Grab a QB next year.   Rome wasn't built in a day... We can certainly wait one more year for you to fall in love with another QB, especially if you use your picks wisely this year.

Good luck on Saturday...   Please help us forget what your old boss (Millen) did to our team!

Go Lions!

4/22/09   |   Blackbelt_98   |   2 respect

This guys gonna have money flying out of the pockets of the draft choices below him. Wonder where the blanket party will be.

4/22/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Megatron is indeed the truth. Detroit's problem is they need a QB but I don't think Stafford or Sanchez is the answer. Maybe they manage to win a few games this year and then grab a free agent QB or trade up next year for Bradford or McCoy. Although, I honestly think an established QB would be better.

4/22/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

This makes it a no brainer for the Lions to draft Aaron Curry.  Which is probably why the pick will be Matthew Stafford.

4/22/09   |   RJ_500

It's very important to get someone signed before the draft, the Lions cannot afford a Jamarcus Russel situation.  I'm not sure if Curry is the best choice, but this makes him look that much better.