It's unclear if Riley Reiff will start at left or right tackle this season, but one thing is now clear: he will be a member of the Detroit Lions beyond 2015. After taking an extended period of time to make a decision on Reiff's fifth-year option, the Lions have in fact decided to pick it up. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew announced this news during his pre-draft press conference on Friday, and although the paperwork isn't official yet, Reiff is now set to be under contract through the 2016 season.
With the Lions deciding to pick up Reiff's fifth-year option, he will make around $8 million in 2016. By comparison, he only has a base salary of $1.155 million this year, plus a $325,000 roster bonus. When you add in his signing bonus, Reiff's cap hit is only $2.543 million for 2015.
Clearly the Lions have decided that having Reiff at $8 million in 2016 is more worthwhile than potentially losing him. And clearly they aren't overly concerned with this deal even if he switches from left to right tackle.
Mayhew: "I think Riley Reiff’s a heck of a left tackle. ... I feel very comfortable with him at LT or RT"— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) April 24, 2015
You'll notice that Mayhew did not mention guard there. The Lions don't seem to have interest in moving him inside, so it's a safe bet that Reiff will be the Lions' starting left or right tackle for at least the next two seasons.