Theo Riddick, Sam Martin sign contract extensions with Lions

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Two of them are Sam Martin and Theo Riddick.

The Detroit Lions have agreed to contract extensions for running back Theo Riddick and punter Sam Martin. Just days before the season starts, Detroit just ate up a large sum of their salary.

The Lions not only locked up their talented young running back Friday, but also secured their starting punter through the 2020 season, signing him to a four-year extension worth $13.6 million, according to Rapoport. According to Rapoport, it will make Martin the third-highest paid punter in the NFL. He has appeared in nearly every game for the Lions since joining.

He has the numbers to prove his skill set too.

In 48 games, the Appalachian State product has averaged 46.4 yards per punt and usually handles kickoff duties.

The Lions drafted both players in 2013. Riddick caught 80 passes in 2015, which led the National Football League for running backs. After putting up a performance on the field and staying consistent he became Detroit's primary two-minute and third down.

The same draft that produced mega busts Dion Jordan, Barkevious Mingo and Dee Milliner in the top nine picks yielded the Lions one of the best defensive ends, cornerbacks, punters and pass-catching running backs in the NFL.

Riddick and Martin mark some of the biggest deals that the Lions have made this off-season. They come as smart moves by the Lions.

And Slay said he and the rest of the Lions' 2013 picks - Corey Fuller, another sixth-rounder from that year, is on the physically unable to perform list, while seventh-rounders Michael Williams and Brandon Hepburn are no longer with the team - envision having success together. Detroit fell third place of the NFC North with a record of 7-9.

Riddick, who was selected one round behind Martin in 2013, enjoyed a breakout campaign last season. That likely means it will pay Martin an average in the neighborhood of $3.4 million a year.



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