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Sewell: Detroit Lions agree to contract extensions worth combined $200M, AP source says

 Penei Sewell (58) and quarterback Jared Goff
Sources: AP & Yahoo

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Detroit Lions have heavily invested in their future, keeping a pair of All-Pro players under contract for the next five seasons.

The Lions came to terms with offensive tackle Penei Sewell on a four-year, $112 million deal, according to a person familiar with the situation. At the same time wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown agreed to a four-year contract extension worth more than $120 million with $77 million in guarantees.

The person spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the financial terms were not announced.

Detroit general manager Brad Holmes took Sewell with his first selection with the franchise, drafting him No. 7 overall out of Oregon in 2021.

Sewell was voted to the All-Pro team last season and has been durable over his three-year career, starting 50 regular-season games and all three postseason games as the Lions reached the NFC championship game for the first time since the 1991 season.

Yahoo is reporting that Sewell, 23, just completed his third NFL season. Drafted by Detroit with the seventh pick in 2021, it took almost no time for him to become one of the best at his position at right tackle. He's been to two Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro for the first time in 2023. And he's so young that there's room for him to grow and get even better.

The Lions have made a stunning turnaround in only a handful of years. In 2021, Sewell's first year in the NFL, the Lions went 3-13-1 under first-year head coach Dan Campbell. Then, in 2022, they went 9-8, missing the playoffs by just one game. In 2023, the 12-5 Lions won the NFC North, then won two playoff games before falling to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship.

Detroit is hosting the NFL draft starting Thursday night and has the No. 29 pick overall in the first round.


Sewell was born on October 9, 2000 in Malaeimi, American Samoa. He would begin playing American football alongside his three brothers as a child after his father Gabriel became a coach.

Seeing the potential for his children to make it to the NFL, Gabriel moved his family to St. George, Utah in 2012. There, Sewell attended and played football at Desert Hills High School. 

As a senior in 2018, he received invites and played in the US Army All-American and Polynesian Bowls before committing to the University of Oregon to play college football for the Oregon Ducks.

He is the son of Gabriel and Arlene Sewell and has three brothers: Gabriel, Nephi, and Noah. Gabriel is a linebacker for the Nevada Wolfpack, Nephi is a defensive back for the Utah Utes and Noah is a linebacker for Oregon.

Sewell is the nephew of former NFL players Isaac Sopoaga and Richard Brown.

He was the first Oregon player in history to win the Outland trophy, which is awarded to the best interior offensive lineman in college football. Sewell also joined LaMichael James (2010) and Marcus Mariota (2014) as the only Oregon players to be unanimous first-team All-Americans.

In his 2019 sophomore season, he finished as the top-graded offensive lineman in the nation.

Sewell opted out of playing as a junior amid the coronavirus pandemic. During the year off, Sewell prepared for the 2021 NFL Draft.