The Detroit Lions may be able to rest easier now that they know they have one of their defensive tackles under contract for the 2015 season. The only problem is that he is yet to play an NFL down or even put on a Lions uniform.
The first of the Lions 2014 draft picks to sign is newly acquired Caraun Reid who was drafted in the fifth. General manager Martin Mayhew is generally one of the quickest front office officials to get his draft picks signed in the NFL, so the rest of the team’s choices should fall into step very quickly. Reid joins what is a deep group in 2014 that includes Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, both former first round picks. At this time neither Suh nor Fairley have contracts beyond this season, though they are expected to work out a deal to keep Suh in place long term. It is very unlikely that Fairley will continue with the team beyond this season as the Lions have lost patience with his work ethic and conditioning. Fairley can be dominant, but at times just disappears within the game.
Reid isn’t likely to see much playing time this year, with the top backup being C.J. Mosley. Reid was likely chosen to provide depth and also with an eye to the future. His contract is reportedly worth $2.4 million over four seasons.