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2 Detroit Lions draft picks agree to terms with team

The rookies are beginning to close in on their first NFL contracts.

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Two members of the Detroit Lions’ 2020 draft class have agreed to terms for their rookie contract. Over the weekend, former Kentucky guard and Lions fourth-round pick agreed on a four-year deal with Detroit, according to his agency JL Sports. Stenberg became the first Lions draft pick to publicly agree to his NFL contract. Note because the Lions’ facility remains closed, the contract likely hasn’t been signed yet.

On Monday, Lions sixth-round pick John Penisini joined Stenberg by agreeing to a rookie deal of his own.

The exact contract terms of each player aren’t known, but the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement is structured in a way in which there isn’t much wiggle room for rookie deals. So we can compare them to deal given to draft picks from 2019 and get a pretty good idea of what they look like.

For Stenberg, drafted 121st overall, he should get a deal similar to Jets tight end Trevon Wesco, who was drafted in the same spot. His deal was worth $3.2 million over four years.

As for Penisini, he shares a draft spot (197th overall) with Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley, who signed a four-year, $2.68 million deal last year.

No other Lions draft picks have yet to publicly announce that they’ve signed with Detroit, and that shouldn’t be all that surprising given the current state of NFL operations. At the moment, only two first-round picks have agreed to terms with their teams: Tua Tagovailoa and Derrick Brown.

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