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    Lions re-sign Taylor Decker

    Taylor Decker has agreed to terms on a six-year, $85 million contract according to his agent. Includes $37.5 million fully guaranteed
    via Kyle Meinke


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    It was bound to happen. He has done decently protecting Stafford's blindside. In 55 total games he's played for the LIons he's given up 17.5 sacks. Decker and Ragnow are the building blocks for the OLine. Decker has been one of the most consistent O lineman we have.



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    does he play defense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocket View Post
    does he play defense?
    no. he plays offense.

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    long term big money to an average player. Very Lions thing to do.

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    Not the best choice for the Lions. Are they trying to be like Bears?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSmith65 View Post
    Not the best choice for the Lions. Are they trying to be like Bears?
    this was the best way to create ur first post

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocket View Post
    this was the best way to create ur first post
    even better than **** the bears?

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    I do not think he has lived up to what exactly we had hoped he would become. However, I'm not mad at the extension. Like Vader said, the extension was bound to happen. If not, we'd be in the same situation we were in with Glasgow and we'd have to hear about the Lions not investing in their **** line. Who would replace him?

    Now, not saying that they exactly had to choose one or the other but would you rather have spent the money we did on Decker, or Glasgow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuySir View Post
    even better than **** the bears?
    **** you bud

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigers.6 View Post
    I do not think he has lived up to what exactly we had hoped he would become. However, I'm not mad at the extension. Like Vader said, the extension was bound to happen. If not, we'd be in the same situation we were in with Glasgow and we'd have to hear about the Lions not investing in their **** line. Who would replace him?

    Now, not saying that they exactly had to choose one or the other but would you rather have spent the money we did on Decker, or Glasgow?
    Decker. OT is a premium position compared to OG which is why you rarely ever see a LT hit the market. Decker hasn't been lighting it up but towards the end of the year there was improvement closer to the rookie year where he was a stud. Can that play carry over? We will see. Lions had to make this move and according to Justin Rogers it is basically a 4 year extension with this years contract making up part of the deal and year 6 voidable. Not a bad deal but not team friendly either. I feel most NFL contracts are like that in fan's eyes though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LionsFan..LOL View Post
    Decker. OT is a premium position compared to OG which is why you rarely ever see a LT hit the market. Decker hasn't been lighting it up but towards the end of the year there was improvement closer to the rookie year where he was a stud. Can that play carry over? We will see. Lions had to make this move and according to Justin Rogers it is basically a 4 year extension with this years contract making up part of the deal and year 6 voidable. Not a bad deal but not team friendly either. I feel most NFL contracts are like that in fan's eyes though.
    I agree. Which is why I am okay with the decision of extending him. Had it made him the highest paid OT in the league of course that would have brought some heat but I have no issue with the money he has received. Additionally, he seems to really enjoy being a part of the Lions organization. I hope this makes a positive impact on his performance and continues to be the LT for a long time.

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    the athletic has a good article on this.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAthletic.com
    The Lions put a rather emphatic end Tuesday to any speculation about Taylor Decker’s future, reportedly agreeing with their franchise left tackle on a contract extension that will run through 2024, with a voidable final year.

    We’ll have to wait and see how the exact details break down, because there are two sets of numbers out there. The agency that represents Decker, AMDG Sports, broke news of the extension with a tweet that priced the deal at $85 million over six years (with $37.5 million fully guaranteed). About a half-hour later, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Decker’s extension includes $60 million in new money — meaning, on top of the $10.35 million he was set to earn this year — and runs through 2024, with a voidable year tacked on in 2025.

    Either way, it’s a sizable commitment to Decker, both financially and in term. At the high end of a $14 million to $15 million per year deal, Decker would land among the top five highest-paid left tackles in football. The $37.5 million guaranteed figure is impressive, too, with only the Texans’ Laremy Tunsil ($40 million guaranteed) landing above that at left tackle.

    Big numbers, but as with any extension like this, the discussion really boils down to two factors:

    1) Where is the positional market headed? And the answer, almost always, is “up.” So, while Decker’s contract currently sits at the high end of his position, it inevitably will start to slide back toward top-10/top-15 status over its life. It also falls in line rather well with two other left tackle extensions signed in the past few months: Buffalo’s Dion Dawkins (four years for around $60 million) and Tunsil (three years and $66 million, with that huge guarantee).

    In reality, Tunsil set a ceiling for this market that the Lions never were going to approach with Decker, whom they drafted 16th overall in 2016 out of Ohio State. Compared to contemporaries like Dawkins, Jake Matthews (five years, $72.5 million) and Taylor Lewan (five years, $80 million), this all adds up.

    2) What price can you put on having to replace a player? The Lions certainly have the cap space available to make this per-year average work, but the alternative would be to hunt for a left tackle in the draft or try to pay up for one via free agency. Going the former route is always a significant gamble; with the latter, the Lions likely would have had to fork over similar dollar amounts (maybe more) for a player outside the organization.

    This is a known-quantity transaction. Decker has started 55 career games for the Lions, including all but one since Matt Patricia took over as head coach, and he appears to be trending upward as a player.

    Perhaps even more importantly, he’s taken on an obvious leadership role within the locker room — no small factor given that the Lions have a third-year center, potential rookie starting guard and a newcomer at right tackle. When the team canceled practice last Tuesday to speak out against social injustice, Decker joined Duron Harmon and Trey Flowers in addressing the media.

    In a lot of ways, this sets up like the extension Matthew Stafford signed in August 2018. At the time, it made Stafford the highest-paid player in football history. Now, he’s fifth in total contract money among just quarterbacks and 12th in per-year value. The market always catches up.

    As for the Decker extension, it felt like almost a given that it would be done before the season. As far back as the draft, GM Bob Quinn said that he had cap space — for 2020 and the future — earmarked for internal needs, and both Decker and wide receiver Kenny Golladay were obvious items on the to-do list.

    Decker then turned in an extremely solid camp. He did so while staying healthy, which was huge for all involved. His worst season as a pro came in 2017, when he tore a biceps during the offseason program, then missed the first half of the year. His play didn’t fully start rounding back into form until the Lions were into the following regular season.

    Last year, however, Pro Football Focus graded him as the No. 10 left tackle in football. And Patricia always has spoken highly of him, both in terms of his on-field maturation and his off-field presence.

    “Initially going into the offseason, having the expectation of how things were going to go,” Decker said at the start of August, “hearing from friends, former teammates, how negotiations went … but again, uncharted territory for not just me but the organization. They’re trying to handle it the best they can, too, and we’re just doing the best we can to play good football once we get out there.”

    At that point, Decker said he wasn’t sure if his agent had even begun negotiations with the Lions. Obviously, the wheels started turning sometime between then and now.

    With Decker locked up, the future could be very bright for the Lions’ offensive line. Quinn and Patricia have made it a focus to overhaul that area of the roster in their two-plus years together, and they’ve stayed on course this spring and summer. In addition to extending Decker long term, the Lions also used multiple draft picks on guards (Jonah Jackson and Logan Stenberg) and handed right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai a $45 million deal.

    Add emerging star center Frank Ragnow and guard Joe Dahl to the mix, and there’s a future here that sees the Lions maintaining an outstanding, cohesive line for the next few years.

    Decker remains a huge part of the plan. If that wasn’t clear before Tuesday, it sure is now.

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