- Frank Ragnow has agreed to a four-year $54M extension with the Detroit Lions.
- Ragnow is coming off his first Pro Bowl selection in 2020 where he allowed only nine total pressures.
- The Lions have the longest odds to win Super Bowl LVI and the NFC Conference title.
The Detroit Lions have made Frank Ragnow the highest paid center in the NFL.
According to reports, the Lions and Ragnow have agreed to a four-year extension worth $54M. The average annual value of the contract is $13.5M which is $1M more than Corey Linsley’s $12.5M per year on the five-year $62.5M deal he signed with the Chargers this offseason.
Ragnow’s extension is guaranteed $25M at signing and has a total guarantee of $42M. He will not stay in Detroit until 2026 at around $70M total. Ragnow was under contract for the next two seasons after the Lions picked up his fifth year option.
First Pro Bowl Selection
He is the 4th center in franchise history to be named to a Pro Bowl, joining:
— Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) December 22, 2020
The 24-year old Ragnow was Detroit’s first round pick out of Arkansas in 2018. He has started all of the 45 games he’s played and earned his first Pro Bowl selection last season. The 6-5 Ragnow displayed his toughness last season, finishing their Week 13 game despite suffering a fractured throat in the first quarter. He missed the next two games due to precautionary measures but returned to play in their season finale in Week 17.
Last season, he ranked 4th among qualified centers in run block win rate and 7th in pass block rate last season, per ESPN’s data. Pro Football Focus rated Ragnow as its second-rated center in the NFL in 2020, behind only Corey Linsley. He allowed only nine total pressures last season.
After last week’s NFL Draft, Detroit general manager Brad Holmes said that their next order of business was locking down Ragnow to a long-term deal. It hasn’t been even a week since the Draft and the Lions have already done that.
Detroit Lions 2022 Super Bowl 56 Odds
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The Lions are tied with the Houston Texans for the longest odds to win Super Bowl LVI at +15000 and have the longest odds to win the NFC at +6600. They also have the worst odds to win the NFC North at +2200. Online sportsbook BetOnline has also set Detroit’s win total at five, with the over currently listed at +125. The Lions went 5-11 last season.
Ragnow’s deal aligns with the Lions’ latest draft picks and offseason decisions as they try to build for the future. This includes the drafting of Oregon tackle Penei Sewell and the adding of veteran players to surround new quarterback Jared Goff such as free agent tight end Darren Fells who spent the previous two seasons with the Houston Texans.
Controlling the line of scrimmage is important in the game of American Football. When you look at Detroit’s offseason decision, that’s what they are trying to do here. Whether it translates to wins this season remains to be seen. But it is definitely one important step in a rebuild.