Former Purdue LB Derrick Barnes Signs Rookie Contract With the Detroit Lions

Former Purdue linebacker Derrick Barnes signed his rookie contract on Thursday. His deal is worth $4.26 million over four years, including a $780,000 signing bonus.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Former Purdue linebacker and fourth-round NFL Draft selection Derrick Barnes officially signed his rookie contract on Thursday. He was the fifth member of the Detroit Lions' 2021 draft class to sign a deal.

The Lions made the signing official in a tweet below. 

Barnes' rookie deal is worth $4.26 million over four years, including a signing bonus of about $780,000, according to Spotrac. The versatile linebacker will attempt to earn playing time on defense and on special teams. 

The Lions also signed second-round pick Levi Onwuzurike and fellow four-round selection Amon-Ra St. Brown. Only third-round cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu remains unsigned. 

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