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.
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.
For Great Quality At A Low, Low Price, Come On Down During Aaron Curry Discount Days [Deadspin]
Aaron Curry Willing To Accept Below-Market Deal To Be Lions' No. 1 Pick [USA Today]