Lions to pick up Riley Reiff's fifth-year option

Posted Apr 24, 2015

Martin Mayhew announced the Lions will pick up the fifth-year option on Riley Reiff's rookie contract before the May 3 deadline.

There has been a lot of speculation on where Riley Reiff will line up in 2015 for the Detroit Lions.

Head coach Jim Caldwell says he’s a tackle, and can player either spot. General manager Martin Mayhew told reporters during his pre-draft press conference on Friday that he’s very comfortable with Reiff at left, calling him a “heck of a left tackle.”

Riley ReiffT Riley Reiff (Photo: Gavin Smith / Detroit Lions)

“I think he can play multiple positions,” Mayhew said. “I feel very comfortable with him at left tackle and right tackle. I know there’s been a lot of debate about where he is and where he’s going to be. I’m comfortable with him at left tackle and I feel good about that.”

Mayhew said nothing is set in stone in April and May, but one thing is certain in regards to Reiff, he’ll be a Lion in 2015 and 2016. Mayhew said the team will pick up the fifth-year option worth $8.07 million in Reiff’s rookie contract before the May 3 deadline.

“We’re definitely going to do his fifth-year option and have him for a fifth year,” Mayhew said.”We anticipate getting that paperwork done sometime soon.”

The Lions have always viewed Reiff as a versatile player who could play multiple spots along the line, which is one of the reasons they drafted him in the first round in 2012.

Once the Lions find a left guard to pair with center Travis Swanson and right guard Larry Warford, they can begin to piece together the edges.

Reiff has started all but one game the last two seasons. He was ranked among the top 15 at the position by Pro Football Focus last year and allowed just three sacks in 15 regular-season starts.