Detroit Lions Agree In Principle With Tackle Ricky Wagner

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Wagner, who is widely regarded as the top right tackle on the market, will make at least $9 million per season with the new deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. PFF gave him more favorable grades for his pass blocking than his run blocking, but he came out ahead of Reiff, who ranked 48th, in both areas.

Wagner originally walked on to Wisconsin as a tight end before being moved to offensive line his first year in the program.

At more than $9 million per season, Wagner will set a new pay standard for right tackles in the NFL. Wagner has allowed a total of just 4.5 sacks the past three seasons; Reiff coughed up 11.5 during that same stretch, including 4.0 from the right side previous year.

The Ravens feel good about the left side of their offensive line with tackle Ronnie Stanley and guard Alex Lewis entering their second seasons.

Rick Wagner, one of the team's top pending unrestricted free agents, will sign with the Detroit Lions when free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The entire point of free agency is to fill needs. It was a free-agent group that worked out well for the most part, with Quinn fully acknowledging a team isn't going to hit on every free agent. The Lions have a need at right tackle with Riley Reiff likely to leave in free agency.

Getting an upgrad on the free agent market is never cheap, and this reportedly is no exception. Over the last five years, Baltimore was unable to keep guard Ben Grubbs, tackle Michael Oher and guard Kelechi Osemele. That will make him the second highest paid right tackle in the National Football League in terms of average annual salary, trailing only Philadelphia's Lane Johnson, who makes $11.252 million per year. However, the Ravens are believed to be looking into upgrading at center where Jeremy Zuttah has started the last three seasons.

Green Bay's Bryan Bulaga now sets the standard at right tackle with a league-high $6.75 million annually.

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