Lions to ramp up Amon-Ra St. Brown contract extension talks at NFL Combine

The Detroit Lions will reportedly take contract extension talks with Amon-Ra St. Brown's camp up a notch this week.

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Over his first three seasons, Amon-Ra St. Brown has been one of the best and most productive wide receivers in the NFL. That also means he has far outperformed his contract, as a fourth-round pick in 2021, and he is in line for a big contract extension this offseason.

As much anything, each year's NFL Combine is a league convention of sorts. Coaches, general managers, agents, etc. are all in one place.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions are set to meet with St. Brown's representatives at the NFL Combine this week. Birkett added that no deal is imminent. But the team has placed priority on keeping their own players, and St. Brown is the definition of a core player.

Over the last three seasons, St. Brown ranks fifth in the NFL in receptions (315), eighth in receiving yards (3,588) and 13th in receiving touchdowns (21). He was Pro Football Focus' fourth-highest graded wide receiver in 2023, as he was named first-team All-Pro and made his second straight trip to the Pro Bowl.

When will Amon-Ra St. Brown's contract extension get done?

St. Brown is set to earn a little under $3.4 million in 2024, in the final year of his rookie contract of course. His contract extension is sure to make him one of the highest-paid wide receivers in the league, likely in the $20-$25 million range per year.

The current top of the market for wide receivers, in annual average, is Tyreek Hill's four-year, $120 million deal. Looming deals for Justin Jefferson and Ja'Marr Chase are in line to change that.

Our projection for St. Brown's extension is four years, $102 million ($25.5 million per year), with $60 million guaranteed and a $30 million signing bonus. The "Sun God" will not reset the top of the wide receiver market, but he will get paid handsomely for what he's done and should continue to do for years to come.

As for when we'll see an announcement of a contract extension for St. Brown, before the first day of training camp in July is a wide view. And it may get done well before that.

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