The Detroit Lions made the move they had to make on Monday, resigning defensive tackle Cory Redding to a multi-year contract that will make him the highest paid defensive tackle in the NFL. The deal is for seven years, $49 million that includes $16 is guarantees, and a $13 million dollars in a signing bonus and roster guarantees. The Lions had until 4pm today to sign Redding or he would have been forced to only accept a one-year deal with no chance of an extension until the 08 season.
Redding was the Lions third round pick of the 2003 NFL Draft. He will enter his fifth year with the team, and has played in 55 straight, making 48 straight starts. Last season he switched from defensive linemen to defensive tackle, and with it came his best season in which he tied for the league high in sacks for DT’s with eight. Redding came into the 06 season with a total of four sacks for his career.
The Redding deal tops the five-year, $33.24 million contract given to Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams. The two sides started talking recently about getting the deal done, and of the three franchise players out there, Redding was the one player that most belived would get a deal done before the 4pm deadline. Redding will receive a little more than $20 million over the first three years of his contract. The signing of Redding shows that the Lions are serious about getting their defense into a position to be one of the better units in the NFC in 2007.