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Lions Picking Up LT Riley Reiff’s Fifth-Year Option

Lions GM Martin Mayhew announced Friday that they will pick up LT Riley Reiff‘s fifth-year option before the May 3 deadline, per Kyle Meinke.

Mayhew added that he’s very comfortable with Reiff playing left tackle for them moving forward and considers him to be a very good player, per Tim Twentyman.

This move will cost the Lions $8.07 million for the 2016 season. However, it’s guaranteed for injury only and won’t prevent the team from working out a long-term contract extension with Reiff.

Reiff, 26, has one year remaining on his four-year, $7,993,700 rookie contract that included $6,513,650 guaranteed, He stands to make a base salary of $1,155,050 for the 2015 season.

In 2014, Reiff appeared in 15 games for the Lions and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 23 offensive tackle out of 84 qualifying players.