You Don't Pay Them Like Tom Brady, Until They Play Like Tom Brady.

Joshua LaganContributor IMay 7, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Lombardi trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida.  The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Tom Brady:

Quarterback, New England Patriots, nine-year veteran.

He has led his team to four Super Bowl games, winning in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

He won the Super Bowl MVP in 2001 and 2003.

He won the NFL MVP in 2007.

He's been elected to the Pro Bowl four times.

He won the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the year in 2005.

He led the New England Patriots to the longest winning streak in NFL history: 21 games.

He nearly led them to the first undefeated season under the 16-game schedule.

He won 2007 Male Athlete of the Year from Associate Press.

He is guaranteed a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame, and is widely considered one of the best, if not the best player in NFL history.

He's Tom Brady. The calm, cool, impossible to unsettle, confident, tested, proven, Tom Brady who thrives under pressure and in the spotlight. Are you starting to get the picture?

Several teams such as ... cough ... Oakland Raiders ... would be better off trading their draft picks for the next 10 years for Tom Brady because we all know they will never pick anybody good.

Tom Brady is under a six-year contract worth $60 million, which ends in 2010. Can you believe that $10 million a year used to be a lot of money? Now the "asterisk" to this deal was that over the first three years, he would receive 40 of those millions. But it's Tom Brady, he's worth any amount, $60 million is nothing, for one of the greatest players to ever play the game.

And then you have Matthew Stafford ...

Now I am a Detroit Lions fan, and I am on my knees praying that he will be another Tom Brady. However, and on this point I think the whole "Lions" nation would agree with me that, at this point, we'd be happy with a Joe Flacco. Anything but another Joey Harrington. It's been years since we've had a quarterback under center that doesn't throw an interception for every touchdown he throws.

Matthew Stafford, as the #1 pick in the 2009 NFL draft, received a contract totaling, 72 million over six years, with incentives for up to 78 million. In case you haven't remembered, 72-60=$12 Million. Yes, $12 million more than Tom Brady. Now let's be fair and list some of Matthew Stafford's accomplishments.

0 Probowls, 0 Superbowls, 0 Playoff Victories, 0 NFL Records, 0 Starts, ...

His College stats are unflattering to put it mildly. Chick fil-A Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and Capital One Bowl victories. Not even serious Heisman consideration.

Three years of college experiance, where their team underpreformed, disappointing everyone despite their talent. His final college stats were, 7,731 yards, 51 touchdowns, and 33 interceptions.

In 2007 alone, Tom Brady threw for 4,806 yards, and 50 Touchdowns. That's almost as many as touchdowns as Matthew Stafford had in his entire three year career.

Matthew Stafford is untested, untried, under preforming, and yet, now, one of the highest paid NFL players.

There is no way to justify a 6-year, $72-million contract, for somebody who has never thrown a pass. The Lions got screwed in this deal because over $40 million of it is guaranteed.

Here's a no brainer question: "Who Do You Want To Lead Your Team: Tom Brady? Or Matthew Stafford?"

I'm a Lions fan, I really hope he's the next Tom Brady, but common sense seems to say, you don't pay them like a Tom Brady, until they play like a Tom Brady.