Offensive lineman Riley Reiff agreed to a 4-year deal worth $7.993 million with the Detroit Lions. The former Hawkeye signed his deal with the Lions earlier this morning, according to Tim Twentymen of the Detroit Free Press.
Reiff was drafted by the Lions with the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. So far this offseason, Reiff has backed up starting left tackle Jeff Backus. By the end of the offseason, however, expect to see Reiff take over for right tackle Gosder Cherilus. At a minimum, Reiff—a three-time state wrestling champ in South Dakota—will be pegged for swing-tackle work to start the season.
The pick by the Lions was an excellent one. It provides them with depth along the offensive line and gives emerging quarterback Matthew Stafford much needed protection.
Reiff—standing at 6'6" and tipping the scales at 313 lbs.—will also synch well with an offensive line that will look to open holes for running back Jahvid Best. Last season, the Lions relied heavily upon Stafford's cannon of an arm and less on the ground game.
With Reiff inked, the Lions have signed all of their rookies. Only 24 draft picks are without a deal, which includes nine first-round picks.