Lions GM Brad Holmes: Extending Frank Ragnow is “extremely important”

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Lions General Manager Brad Holmes thinks he inherited one of the best centers in the NFL in Frank Ragnow, and he doesn’t want Ragnow to go anywhere.

The Lions have picked up the fifth-year option on Ragnow, a 2018 first-round draft pick, which means they have him under contract through the 2022 season. But Holmes wants Ragnow longer than that and called extending him a top priority.

It’s extremely important. We already view him as a long-term piece and he is a foundational piece because Frank is a guy that plays the game the right way,” Holmes said, via Kyle Meinke of “He’s everything that we look for and what we want as a Lion. I’ll never forget when it first got announced that I got the job, Frank reached out immediately. I told him, ‘Man, huge fan of you and you play the game the right way.’ So, very important to get it done. Not going to comment on timetable right now — that would be a little bit premature — but we’re not sitting back and waiting on that one.”

Ragnow has been a starter since the first game of his rookie season, and the Lions think he’ll be starting for many more years.

4 responses to “Lions GM Brad Holmes: Extending Frank Ragnow is “extremely important”

  1. Well, the Lions now remind me a bit of the Cowboys a few years ago when they had that dominant O lime. They also haven’t had a real run game since the 90’s. I expect a lot a play action from Goff, but that only works if the running game is a threat. Something Lions opponents have not had to worry about in a long time.

  2. We now have some pieces locked in that should form a + offensive line if I allow myself to presume Sewell(sp?) lives up to his hype. We also have good assets going forward in the draft, appears more talent on D although it would be near impossible to have less than we did. What we also have though is a millstone of a contract attached to a qb who has been declining in performance. It’s a 30 million cap hit to move on even next year I believe. So this line looks excellent, a top line would be my first want even before the promising qb. See: broken Joe burrow. We MUST pick the right QB, or trade for right prospect next year so that a rookie contract makes cutting Goff plausible cap wise. If Green Bay is a dumpster fire someone must rise in the North.

  3. Supercharger

    I followed Emmet from Florida to Dallas as a fan for that team when I was a kid and I never saw an O line that was that good. ANY line that gets mentioned in the same breath as that, the fan base should be coo coo for coco puffs and say yes please and I’ll order seconds now. I hope the promise you can envision for the Lions is realized. I don’t dare be so upbeat it’s not allowed in Lion nation

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