The Detroit Lions' general manager Bob Quinn is in Indianapolis for the NFL rookie combine and met with the media for about 15 minutes.
During the media session, Quinn mostly talked around major issues like Calvin Johnson and Joique Bell. "I did speak to Calvin. I'm not going to go into any details about what we talked about," Quinn remarked when immediately asked about the star wide receiver. He refused to speculate on his inclinations on the likelihood of Johnson's return.
He also dodged questions on negotiations with Haloti Ngata, refused to talk about why Stephen Tulloch will not be returning, and would not mention any other unrestricted free agents they will let test the market.
However, Quinn did let loose a bit of important information. Quinn definitively said that Riley Reiff will be a part of the team in 2016. "Riley's here. He's going to be here on our offensive line," Quinn noted.
Reiff is scheduled to make over $8 million in 2016, none of which is locked up in dead money, meaning the Lions could potentially cut him to shift all of that money into cap room. With Reiff's spotty play through three and half years as a starter, many believed it was time to move on. However, Quinn's emphatic words imply that Reiff is going to be around this season. And you don't pay a player $8 million to sit on the bench for a year.
That being said, this will still very much be a make-or-break season for Reiff. This is the final year in his rookie contract and he will become an unrestricted free agent, with the Lions having already exercised his fifth-year option. If Reiff doesn't impress, he'll simply hit free agency next year, and the Lions could even potentially pick up a compensatory pick for him.
But for now, Reiff remains part of the plans going forward. There's always a chance that they move Reiff around to the right side or even inside to a guard position. That all depends on what else the Lions decide to do with their offseason. Whatever they do, it appears Reiff will be a part of those plans.
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