The Detroit Lions brought back a valuable member of the offensive line on Monday morning when they re-signed veteran guard Graham Glasgow to a 3-year deal worth more than $20 million.  $9.5 million of it it guaranteed, according to media reports.

The former Michigan Wolverine (pictured above) would have hit unrestricted free agency on Wednesday.  He was scheduled to be a backup to Halapoulivaati Vaitai at right guard in the 2023 season.  But with Vaitai's injuries, Glasgow took his place and played in 15 games and was a valuable member for the Lions offensive line.

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The fact that Glasgow can play center as well makes Monday's signing a BIG deal.  All-Pro center Frank Ragnow missed some time this past season due to various injuries, and having the ability to stick Glasgow in at the center position wasn't as much of a drop-off as people thought.

And the fact that veteran left guard Jonah Jackson is an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday and may not return makes it a BIG deal as well.

Here's your starting offensive line, as of Monday, March 11th.

Left Tackle - Taylor Decker - entering the last year of his deal.

Left Guard - Open, backup Colby Sorsdal enters year 2 in the league in 2024.

Center - Frank Ragnow - 3 years left on his deal.

Right Guard - Graham Glasgow - Just signed a three-year deal.

Right Tackle - Penei Sewell - Entering final year of his deal, but has a team option for 2025.

As you can see, there's still work to do.  Left guard and backups are still an issue.  But signing Glasgow stabilizes a key position on the best unit on the Lions, the offensive line.

Now, the team can work on signing QB Jared Goff and WR Amon-Ran St. Brown to contract extensions they deserve.  Both are entering the final year of their deals.  Surprised that they haven't come to an agreement with either/both of them already.

Sometimes, as Tim Staudt says, you best free agent acquisitions is protecting your own guys.  The Lions protected their own by signing him to an affordable three-year deal with an important player.

Nice job, Brad Holmes!!!  Keep it going!!!

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