Lions Sign Star Wide Receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown to Massive Extension, per Report

Detroit inked one of its home-grown stars to a market-setting extension.
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On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions locked up one of their best players with a well-earned contract extension. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the franchise inked star wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown to a four-year extension worth over $120 million, with $77 million guaranteed. The deal will make St. Brown the highest-paid receiver in the NFL.

Nobody represents the dramatic turnaround of the Lions quite like St. Brown. He was an unheralded fourth-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft, part of the first draft class under general manager Brad Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell, and he excelled from the beginning.

St. Brown amassed 90 catches for 912 yards as a rookie and, in many ways, embodied the gritty attitude Campbell wants his players to exhibit. What's more, the wideout has only gotten better since.

In 2024, St. Brown earned first-team All-Pro status thanks to a stellar campaign. He caught 119 passes for 1,515 yards and 10 touchdowns, all career-high marks. Most importantly for Detroit, he played a huge role in helping the organization win its first playoff games in decades. St. Brown has become a favorite target of quarterback Jared Goff, which is made obvious by the stats, but their postseason run together really hammered it home. Whenever the Lions needed a big play, Goff would look to St. Brown, and the wideout would almsot always deliver.

It was critical for the Lions to get this deal done as soon as possible. St. Brown means a ton to the franchise and the fanbase, so he was always going to be getting a contract extension. The question was merely for how much money. With several other star wideouts expected to sign extensions this season, like Ja'Marr Chase and CeeDee Lamb, the number could have been astronomical.

But Detroit signed St. Brown to a top of the market deal before the other superstars signed their own deals, which will all be worth more than the one St. Brown just signed. It's good business from Holmes and the rest of the front office.

The 24-year-old receiver will officially be staying in the Motor City for a while yet on a deal both sides must be happy with. A true win-win.


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