The Detroit Lions have signed a new contract with one of their coveted free agents.
According to ESPN, the Lions and safety Tracy Walker have agreed to a new three-year, $25 million contract.
The extension also includes $17 million in guaranteed funds.
In 2021, Walker got his only interception of the season against the Packers in the season finale.
Entering free agency, the talented 27-year-old was among the top priorities for the Lions front office.
“He and I think that, as good as his year is, there’s a lot of room for improvement,” Aubrey Pleasant told reporters at the Senior Bowl. “And, I think collectively, if we’re lucky enough to work together again in the future, maybe you can see the same progression that you may have seen over the past year.”
After the season, Walker expressed his desire to continue with the rebuilding Lions, as he developed confidence with the new coaching staff.
“I think the communication aspect of Tracy has improved tremendously,” Detroit defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn said. “We ask a lot of our safeties, we really do. And, the one thing he did, he bought into everything that we try to do in this defense, safety-wise, and he grew. He grew up in it, and he also became a leader, when it came to linebackers, when it came to getting everyone together and watching a tape. This is what we expect from our safeties.
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