- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Detroit Lions reporter
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It took almost a week, but the Detroit Lions have signed the first of their draft picks.
Defensive tackle Caraun Reid, a fifth-rounder out of Princeton, officially signed his deal according to his agent, Mike McCartney. Terms were not immediately disclosed.
Based off of the salary for last year's No. 158 selection -- Seattle tight end Luke Willson -- he received a signing bonus of $178,532 and that was the only guaranteed part of his salary in his four-year deal, which was worth a little over $2.33 million.
Reid had 168 tackles in his college career and 20 1/2 sacks. The Bronx, N.Y., native also had 41 tackles for loss and blocked seven kicks during his time with the Tigers. All this after picking up the game in high school at Mount St. Michael.
"I had good grades before I started playing," Reid said. "I didn't start playing until high school. One of those caveats was that I had to keep my grades up and I kept competing in the classroom, kept competing on the football field and Princeton liked me and I was able to get in, which was I would say the harder of the two."
Now, he has his first NFL contract.
The biggest issue for Detroit the rest of the way is fitting in the rookie salaries under the cap, but that should be achieved by filing contract restructures converting base salary into bonus money that can be spread out over a player's deal.
It took almost a week, but the Detroit Lions have signed the first of their draft picks.Defensive tackle Caraun Reid, a fifth-rounder out of Princeton, officially signed his deal according to his agent, Mike McCartney.