After a successful NFL Draft this past weekend, Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes have hinted of an incoming extension to one of their core players. And they have gotten an agreement on it.
It was announced on social media via NFL Update and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that the Lions have locked Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow to a four-year, $54 million extension.
Even if they are looking at a full rebuild, this extension points that Detroit is putting an emphasis on their future on the offensive line and will be using Ragnow as a foundational player for their future.
Along with Ragnow, the Lions have offensive tackle Taylor Decker also locked onto a four-year extension as well, and have built their line with drafting Ohio State guard Jonah Jackson in the third-round last year, and Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell in the first round this year. They also have to make decisions on offensive linemen Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Tyrell Crosby regarding their futures too.
Detroit focused on the trenches on both sides for the start of their rebuild this season, and on paper, it could pay off.
The Lions have locked their key protection that they have for new quarterback in Jared Goff and their second-year running back D’Andre Swift. Hopefully they can respond with overall improvement this season.