Brad Holmes: Frank Ragnow is a foundational piece of what Lions are building

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Word of center Frank Ragnow‘s contract extension surfaced on Thursday and the Lions made it official on Friday.

Ragnow signed a four-year extension that will kick in after the 2022 season and keep him tied to the Lions through 2026. Ragnow is the second 2018 first-round pick to sign an extension — Raiders tackle Kolton Miller was the first — and the $13.5 million average annual salary is the highest of any center in the league.

That illustrates Ragnow’s importance to the Lions and a statement from General Manager Brad Holmes about the new pact does the same.

“Frank is a foundational piece of what we’re building in Detroit and he is everything that we’re looking for in a Lion,” Holmes said. “Frank plays the game the right way and has dedicated himself to improving his craft each season. We are ecstatic to come to this agreement and to have Frank be a leader on our team for years to come.”

Quarterback Jared Goff said on Thursday that he thinks the Lions have one of the best offensive lines in the league. Ragnow’s a big reason for that and the Lions are betting that he’ll continue to be one for years to come.

6 responses to “Brad Holmes: Frank Ragnow is a foundational piece of what Lions are building

  1. Gotta give the Lions credit, it is one heck of an offensive line they’ve put together. It’s without question the best o-line in the NFC North. Sewell was by far the best offensive lineman prospect in the draft so they only got better there.

  2. The foundation has been being put together for 65 years guy!

    ONEPLAYOFF win in 65 years – The Lions Legacy.

    Congrats on a decent lineman signing!

  3. The Vikings should have traded up to get him. He grew up a Viking fan and always wanted to be there, now that’ll never happen.

  4. When you’re rebuilding a team, you don’t pay 18 million to franchise Golladay for one season. You don’t keep Stafford when he comes out and says he doesn’t want to be part of a rebuild. You don’t sign free agents for long term deals.

    For the first time ever, a rebuild in Detroit is starting the right way. They have been bad for forever. Nobody is arguing that. But this is the first regime to come in here and build the fronts first. And with 4 first round picks in the next 2 drafts, they can focus on elite skill position guys later. Goff is just a placeholder that came along with 2 first and a 3rd (Ifeatu Melifonwu) for Stafford. The best pieces of that deal are still a year away from materializing. All Goff has to do is lose this year, honestly.

  5. j CHERNY says:
    May 7, 2021 at 10:21 am
    Building? Traded away Stafford for Goff and let your best receiver walk?

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    They let Golladay walk for a 3rd round compensation pick in 2022. If someone offered a deal where they could get a better pick to franchise and trade him, they would have. It made no sense to franchise him and keep him when he will likely just walk next year, and all that does is make it more financially difficult to sign him the following year.

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