In a move that underscores their commitment to maintaining a strong roster, the Detroit Lions are signing wide receiver and return specialist, Kalif Raymond, to a two-year contract extension.
The extension, reported by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, is set to make Raymond one of the highest-paid punt returners in the NFL.
Since joining the Lions in 2021, Raymond has played an integral role on both offense and special teams.
In the 2021 season, he showcased his versatility by making 48 receptions for 576 yards, accompanied by four touchdowns. The previous year was equally impressive, with Raymond amassing 47 catches for 616 yards.
However, it’s Raymond’s prowess as a punt returner that truly sets him apart. In 2022, he achieved a career-first by returning a punt for a touchdown, solidifying his status as one of the league’s most effective punt returners.
His average return of 13.2 yards per punt during the last season speaks to his impact on the field.
Raymond’s journey to his current position with the Lions has been marked by determination and hard work.
The 29-year-old initially entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2016 with the Denver Broncos. Subsequently, he gained experience with the Jets, Giants, and Titans before finding a home with the Lions.
The contract extension ensures that Raymond will remain a Lion until 2025, a testament to his value as a dependable playmaker and special teams asset.