The Detroit Lions have retained their longest tenured player this offseason. Long snapper Don Muhlbach is set to return for his 17th NFL season in 2020 after re-signing with the team Saturday. The team confirmed the move on their official Twitter account.
Muhlbach started his career with the Baltimore Ravens, though he never featured for them before being released in 2004. He was scooped up by Detroit that year after the Ravens released him during training camp. Muhlbach has been the team’s long snapper ever since. He has earned two Pro-Bowl appearances in his first 16 NFL seasons, and played 244 games. He trails only kicker Jason Hanson in career games played as a Lion.
The Lions have brought in competition for the long snapper in recent years. In 2016, they selected Jimmy Landes out of Baylor in the sixth round of the NFL draft. Muhlbach won the starting job and maintained his position, though. They recently signed long snapper James Fisher to a futures deal, and he may provide competition for the veteran again.