Manny Ramirez's second stint with the Detroit Lions will reportedly only last one season.
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Lions, Ramirez to Part Ways
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday that Ramirez and the Lions are "ready to move on" from each other.
Ramirez fell out of favor last season with the Lions coaching staff, starting just seven games and missing playing-time incentives in his contract, per Birkett:
In addition to his $1.4-million base salary, Ramirez can earn $450,000 if he plays half of the Lions' offensive snaps this season, $900,000 if he plays 70%, or $1.6 million if he reaches 90%.
Ramirez started the Lions' first five games at right or left guard, but he has played just seven offensive snaps the last four weeks.
The 32-year-old, who was originally drafted by the Lions in 2007, is scheduled to be a free agent next month—he came to Detroit with one year left on his contract—so this second stint with the Lions wasn't necessarily built to be a long-term arrangement.
Ramirez was traded to the Lions as part of a package of draft picks after spending four years with the Denver Broncos. He had started every game in 2013-14 with the Broncos, reaching Super Bowl 48 with the team in 2013.
Even though Ramirez didn't get much playing time as the 2015 season moved along, his performance wasn't a problem. According to Pro Football Focus metrics prior to Week 7 (h/t Bill Shea of Crain's Detroit), Ramirez went 634 snaps without allowing a sack.
Given Ramirez's consistent level of production, as well as the unlikelihood he will require a long-term investment as a soon-to-be 33-year-old, he should command plenty of attention on the market when teams can begin negotiating with players on March 7.
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