Matthew Stafford: Is $41.7 Million Just Incentive?

Walker DavidsonCorrespondent IApril 28, 2009

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Matthew Stafford #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass during warm-up prior to taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2008 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Did this new superstar get ripped of? Well, $38 million of his huge pay is incentive rewards. He will get $8 million for taking the Lions to the NFL playoffs at least three times. He will get $5 million for rebuilding the team. He definitely has his work cut out for him. He carried the Georgia Bulldogs through this year. But he can handle it. Let's hope the Lions have a small playbook so he can memorize it and get to work!