Lions GM: Reiff will be on 'our offensive line'
INDIANAPOLIS -- Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn confirmed Wednesday that offensive lineman and Parkston native Riley Reiff will be part of the team for the 2016 season.
INDIANAPOLIS - Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn confirmed Wednesday that offensive lineman and Parkston native Riley Reiff will be part of the team for the 2016 season.
But where Reiff will be playing on the offensive line is still to be determined.
The Lions' first-round draft pick in 2012, Reiff has been the team's starting left tackle for the last three seasons and former Lions general manager Martin Mayhew picked up Reiff's fifth-year option to keep the 6-foot-6 tackle with Detroit through 2016, when he will make $8.1 million.
But it's not clear whether or not Reiff will continue to play at left tackle or potentially be moved on the offensive line and Quinn said that will be determined at a later date.
""We'll figure that out as it comes," Quinn said during a press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "(Reiff's) a versatile guy. He's played different positions in his college career and his pro career. We'll look at everything depending on who else is on the team."
The Lions haven't had a reliable option at right tackle opposite of Reiff in recent seasons and have declared the offensive line a priority in the 2016 offseason. Hired in January and the previous Director of Pro Scouting for the New England Patriots, Quinn committed to having Reiff be a part of the team in some role.
"He's going to be here on our offensive line," Quinn said of Reiff. "There's a lot of areas on our team that need to improve, not just the offensive line. ... This team didn't make the playoffs last year. There's a reason for that. So, the talent level needs to improve. And that's why I'm here, and hopefully we can improve the team."