Lions LT Taylor Decker doesn’t expect contract talks to happen soon
Detroit Lions left tackle Taylor Decker is eligible for a contract extension but that isn’t something he expects to happen anytime soon. The Lions exercised the 5th year option for Decker that will pay him over $10 million but if the two sides can’t reach an agreement on a long term deal, he will be a free agent after the 2020 season.
Decker said in his mind a contract extension won’t happen until after the 2020 season and right now he is just focused on going out there every day to get better.
“In my mind, I’m going to play two more years before that’s going to happen,” Decker said, via MLive.com. “All of that will take care of itself. You get ahead of yourself and you lose sight of getting better each day.”
It’s unclear if the Lions have tried to sign Decker to a long term contract but if he is waiting this out that is probably the play. Taylor Lewan of the Tennessee Titans is the highest paid left tackle earning $16 million a year. Decker is fully healthy now and if he can have a big season this upcoming year with the Lions he can make a ton of money.
If he has a big season there is a good chance that the Lions couldn’t afford him after next season and maybe his best bet will be to test free agency. Losing Decker in free agency would be a big loss so if the team was smart they might be trying to get a deal done now.