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Report: Frank Ragnow, Lions Agree on $70M Contract; Is NFL's Highest-Paid Center

Adam WellsMay 6, 2021

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Coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2020, Frank Ragnow has been rewarded with a long-term contract extension from the Detroit Lions. 

Per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Ragnow has agreed to a four-year deal worth an average of $13.5 million per season. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter noted the extension makes him the highest-paid center in the NFL. 

Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Ragnow will receive $25.5 million fully guaranteed at signing and $42 million in total guarantees. 

Ragnow was under contract for two more seasons before agreeing to an extension. The Lions already committed to picking up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal for 2022, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

The 2022 option guaranteed Ragnow $12.657 million. He will now be under contract through 2026. 

Corey Linsley previously held the title of highest-paid center in the NFL. He signed a five-year deal worth $12.5 million per season with the Los Angeles Chargers in March. 

Per Pro Football Focus, Ragnow's 80.4 overall grade since 2018 ranks sixth among all centers. 

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The Lions selected Ragnow with the 20th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. He has started all 45 games he's played over the past three seasons. The 24-year-old played every snap in all 14 games he started in 2020. 

Ragnow was named to the All-Pro second team last season. 

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