Riley Reiff Inks 4-Year Deal With Detroit Lions

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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.

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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. 

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Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

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Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

For years Cedric has researched and written about legal issues but maintained a love for sports. With FieldandCourt.com, he's combining his two passions: researching and writing about sports. When he's not in court arguing a case before a judge (or writing about himself in the third person), he'll be doing the same with his articles on FieldandCourt.com. Follow me, er, him on Twitter (opens in a new window).