At the risk of posting another comment about Matt Stafford, one question I’ve seen making its way around the Georgia parts of the internets is whether he stays or turns pro after this season. I have no idea, and Matt probably doesn’t have one either right now.
But one thing to factor into the equation is what the market for QBs in the ’09 and ’10 NFL drafts may look like.
Curtis Painter, Hunter Cantwell, Cullen Harper, Todd Boeckman, Chase Daniel, Chase Holbrook, Graham Harrell, Rudy Carpenter. Solid college passer [sic] all, but that sound you’ll hear is a big collective yawn coming from the NFL scouts desperate to restock their league with quarterbacks who can play. If Tim Tebow and Matthew Stafford choose to return for their senior seasons, 2009 could be one of the ugliest quarterback drafts in a long, long time.
Sure, there’s a lot of football to be played between now and then, but if Matt has a great year this season, who knows what that may get parlayed into? Particularly if the professional pickings at QB are otherwise slim.
For some perspective, here’s what JaMarcus Russell signed for last year: a six-year contract worth up to $68 million, a league rookie record, with $31.5 million guaranteed. That’s nothing to sneer at, folks.