NFL’s Forde gets second-year deal as Detroit Lions continue rebuild
DETROIT — The Detroit Lions are continuing their rebuild, signing two-time Pro Bowler Reggie Wayne to a two-year contract extension that pays him $15 million this season and $15.5 million next season.
The deal is worth $24.5 to $27.5M.
Wayne, who is the NFL’s second-leading receiver with 1,837 receiving yards, ranks second on the team with 25 touchdown receptions and fourth with 1.934 yards per reception.
He will be paid $9.5 M next season and will count $1.542M against the cap in 2019.
Wayne is the first player in franchise history to sign a long-term contract extension after signing his rookie deal last year.
He signed his extension with the Lions on Sept. 11, 2016, with $12.25M guaranteed.
The Lions were eliminated in the divisional round by the Indianapolis Colts, then the New England Patriots, and now the Minnesota Vikings.
They are 11-2 since and have won four of their past five games, including two in a row by an average of 34.7 points.
The Lions are now on pace to finish with the league’s best record in 2020.