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Detroit Lions re-sign DT Christian Ringo

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The Lions have locked in one of their own defensive linemen for 2018.

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As we continue to wait to see whether the Detroit Lions will make a drastic free agency move along their defensive front, the team continues to take care of their own. On Monday afternoon, the team announced that they have re-signed defensive tackle Christian Ringo:

The Lions did not announce contract terms, but Ringo was reportedly given his exclusive-rights free agent tender, which is a minimum level, non-guaranteed salary for one year. Once given an ERFA tender, the player cannot negotiate with any other team and must either sign the contract or sit out for the season. In other words, this was a no-brainer for everyone involved.

Ringo made six game appearances for the Lions last year, after Detroit stashed him on the practice squad early in the season. In 130 defensive snaps, Ringo tallied three tackles and a PFF grade of 72.8.

While the Lions are currently thin on defensive tackle talent, Ringo still has an uphill battle to make the Lions’ 2018 roster. At 26 years old, there’s still certainly room for him to improve, but the former sixth-round pick will have to pick up his game in a hurry and impress Detroit’s new defensive coaching staff.