According to Ian Rapaport, the Detroit Lions and general manager Bob Quinn have agreed to contract extensions for two of their 2013 draft picks. While 2013 was a disaster draft for almost all teams, it was actually Detroit’s best draft in recent history. The Lions picked Ziggy Ansah, Darius Slay, Larry Warford, Devin Taylor, Sam Martin, Corey Fuller, Theo Riddick, Michael Williams, and Brandon Hepburn. Of that list, only Williams and Hepburn are not with the team in some way. Both of whom were 7th round picks, meaning their contributions were less likely than the rest of the list above.
With Bob Quinn seeing the talent from this draft in person, he has decided to throw money around to the players from that class. This offseason, Slay was given a contract extension making him a top five corner in terms of pay scale. Ziggy Ansah still has time left on his contract, making a deal for him less of a priority. Today, Quinn agreed to terms with punter Sam Martin on a four year extension worth about $13.61 million, making him the third highest paid punter in the league. He also agreed to a three year extension with running back Theo Riddick worth about $12.75 million.
Devin Taylor and Larry Warford are the only starters from this class whose contracts will be up at seasons end. Both players will likely have to show their value this season to get extensions as well. Wide receiver Corey Fuller is on the pup list, and based on what we have seen from him, likely will not get a contract renewal from the Lions.