Detroit Lions get discount on Romeo Okwara’s new contract
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If you’ve ever wanted to know what an NFL player looks like giving his team a hometown discount, look no further than Romeo Okwara.
The Detroit the Lions the defensive end didn’t want to test the free agent market. He didn’t want his ego to be caressed by more lucrative offers.
He just wanted to keep playing with his brother, linebacker Julian, who the team drafted in the third round last year.
This is what made it a quick and easy decision for Okwara signs three-year, $ 39 million contract with Lions even after finishing 10th in the NFL last year with 10 sacks.
“I mean ultimately for me it was a pretty straightforward decision,” Okwara told reporters on Wednesday. “Being able to play with my brother and, I guess, keep going, what we wanted, our vision that we have and what we want to do in the city of Detroit, that was very important to me. So it was obvious to me and I was able to do something fairly quickly. “
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At 25, Okwara is only two years older than his brother. But they didn’t play together in high school or at Notre Dame. That changed when the Lions drafted Julian. The brothers lived close to each other and spent a lot of time together, especially during training camp when they shared meals and time together after training.
“And being able to share that time, especially with my brother on the same team, is kinda amazing and priceless,” Okwara said. “So that was very important to me.”
While some players are chasing money and glory in playoff-ready teams, Okwara knew he wanted to re-sign with the Lions as soon as they drafted his brother and signed him for a four-man contract. years.
“And I think our contracts are going to end at the same time now,” he said. “It was definitely something I wanted to do and just be able to spend some time helping him and I guess building that defense together.”
While the previous regime gave Okwara the chance he needed by claiming him waivers of the new York Giants in 2018, he said he made a connection with new coach Dan Campbell, who sold him what he’s trying to build in Detroit.
“Obviously you know his personality: high energy, a little unorthodox,” he said. “But at the end of the day I thought it would be a great fit. I love the things he does here in the building.
Okwara said he doesn’t care if he’s playing a defensive end or an outside linebacker. He also recently spoke with defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and liked what he heard, although he didn’t disclose much of what the defense will look like: “It will be a combination of everything. … I think it’s going to be really special in the future.
Okwara could be a good judge of special potential. After all, this is the guy who was cut from his college team, was not drafted and then retired from his original NFL team.
“Sort of having those points in my career where things haven’t necessarily gone as planned before this moment,” he said, “I’m just so grateful to everyone who I guess is believing in me and have my support system, my family, just guiding me through this process and having this source to lean on.
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