Theo Riddick is one of the NFL’s best pass-catching running backs. The Detroit Lions are now paying him like one of the team’s top weapons.
The Lions and Riddick have agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $12.75 million, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
It’s a well-deserved extension for Riddick, who finished 18th in the NFL with 80 receptions. Riddick caught more passes than Allen Robinson, Randall Cobb and Doug Baldwin last season. That’s extremely impressive for a running back.
Riddick has served as quarterback Matthew Stafford’s primary safety valve in the passing game and emerged as Detroit’s most productive running back last season. Riddick is primarily a pass-catching specialist and took only 43 handoffs last season.
Riddick will share the Lions backfield with second-year pro Ameer Abdullah, who was unable to deliver on expectations as a rookie. With Calvin Johnson out of town, the Lions could be checking it down even more.
With that contract, Riddick should see the ball plenty this season.