Big V gets 5-Year, $50 Million from Lions
Halapoulivaati Vaitai won a Super Bowl with the Eagles and now he has a super paycheck.
The Lions signed the former Eagles tackle to a five-year, $50 million contract deal. He's expected to start at right tackle in Detroit to help protect Matthew Stafford.
Vaitai was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 draft out of TCU, and has started 20-of-64 games since, including the Eagles Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.
He moved around last season, filling in for Jason Peters on the left side and started for Lane Johnson on the right side during the Eagles playoff game this season. He even was getting some snap at guard during training camp while Brandon Brooks was recovering from his Achillies injury.
Johnson even tweeted to his former teammate, congratulating him on his new deal.
While Big V wasn't exactly a fan favorite, replacing him will be difficult. Offensive line play in the NFL isn't very good, and when he had a full week to prepare, he was solid, not spectacular. He gave the Eagles depth at multiple positions, and someone will have to replace his versatility.
One in-house option could be Matt Pryor, who played mostly guard last season, but did play some tackle while at TCU. He was a 2018 sixth-round pick.