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Report: Lions and Penei Sewell agree to terms on a four-year, $24.1 million contract

The Lions get their first round draft pick under contract.


According to multiple reports—NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was first—the Detroit Lions and first-round pick OT Penei Sewell have agreed on a four-year, $24.1 million contract.

As is common with first-round picks, Sewell’s contract is fully guaranteed and comes with a team-held fifth-year option for the 2025 season. Sewell's contract also includes a $14.88 million signing bonus that will be paid to him immediately (but is spread out over the length of the deal for salary cap purposes).

Typically rookies sign their contracts ahead of rookie mini-camp, but with Sewell being unable to attend due to a positive COVID result, his arrival in Allen park was delayed until this week.

“He’ll be here (soon),” coach Dan Campbell said of Sewell missing rookie mini-camp. “We’ll get him in probably early this week. He’s been in the Zoom meetings, so schematically, he’s on it. He’ll be fine. He’ll adjust quickly. It’s not going to be any setback whatsoever.”

Sewell is expected to be a Day 1 starter at right tackle for the Lions. He, along with left tackle Taylor Decker, will give the Lions bookend tackles under contract for the next four seasons.

The Lions have yet to officially confirm the contract has been signed but expect them to release the news soon.

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