The Detroit Lions have reportedly signed guard Joe Dahl to a two-year contract extension, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Source: The #Lions have agreed to terms on a 2-year extension with G Joe Dahl, who is now under contract thru 2021. A former 5th rounder and key backup interior OL, he is now competing for a starting role.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 6, 2019
Dahl was set to enter a contract year in 2019 as this was the final year of his rookie deal.
The details of the deal are currently unknown.
Dahl has been a key offensive lineman in Detroit since being selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft. He has played in 22 games for Detroit, including 10 last season. Dahl was often called upon by the Lions when other interior offensive lineman struggled with injuries.
The guard will now have an opportunity to compete for a starting role in Detroit as the team’s left guard position is still vacant. Dahl has only started in four career games.
The deal solidifies Dahl’s roster spot on the opening week 53-man team. This makes things a little hairier for offensive linemen at the bottom of the roster.
Offensive lineman from the Lions 2016 draft class have paid dividends for the team so far, as Graham Glasgow, who was selected in the third round that year, is set to start at right guard this season. Glasgow is also due for an extension soon as 2019 will be the final year of his rookie contract.