Lions picking up center Frank Ragnow's fifth-year option

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
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In what can be viewed as one of the easiest decisions of general manager Brad Holmes' first few months on the job, the Detroit Lions are picking up the fifth-year option on center Frank Ragnow's rookie contract.

Frank Ragnow

The contracts for all first-round picks carry a fifth-year team option. Franchises have until May 3 to decide on selections from the 2018 draft class. 

Ragnow, taken No. 20 overall that year, has steadily improved, developing into a top-tier player at his position. Because of last year's Pro Bowl selection, his option year will cost the Lions a bit more. The extra season now comes with a fully guaranteed $12.66 million salary. 

That marks a hefty raise for Ragnow, who will have earned $11.78 million through his first four seasons. It also stands to reason the Lions will aim to work out a long-term extension ahead of next season.

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