Lions to ink Taylor Decker to extension; Is Kenny Golladay next?

Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Lions have secured their left tackle position for the foreseeable future

The Detroit Lions parted ways with the entire right side of their offensive line this offseason as they continue to build around their two former first-rounders in left tackle Taylor Decker and center Frank Ragnow. Now, they’ve secured one of them for the foreseeable future.

On Tuesday, it was reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that the Lions have agreed to terms with Decker on a new six-year, $85 million contract extension with $37.5 million fully guaranteed. That’s good news, especially for quarterback Matthew Stafford.

The Lions’ first-round selection in 2016, and the first draft pick made by general manager Bob Quinn, Decker was entering the final year of his rookie deal in Detroit. The Lions picked up his fifth-year option last April and he was scheduled to make $10.35 million this upcoming season per

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, that’s apparently changed …

Drafted 16th overall out of Ohio State back in 2016, Decker had a stellar rookie season, earning All-Rookie Team honors from the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA). The following year, a shoulder injury would limit him to just eight games.

Last season, Decker had a bounce-back performance, playing in 15 games and registering an overall grade of 75.5 from Pro Football Focus. It was his highest score since his rookie year.

Highlighting just how important Decker is to the Lions is the fact he led the team in offensive snaps last season with 1,017 (94.25%). That was after finishing third in offensive snaps the year prior.

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Will the Detroit Lions extend Kenny Golladay next?

With Taylor Decker’s future in Motown secure, all eyes now shift to Detroit Lions’ wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who is also entering the final year of his rookie deal. After landing his first Pro Bowl bid in 2019 and leading the NFL in receiving touchdowns, Detroit figures to have their sights set on locking Golladay up with a similar extension.