After the Green Bay Packers spent much of the offseason infusing their defense with new blood, they committed to one of their up-and-coming defensive contributors on the eve of training camp. On Monday, the team announced a contract extension for defensive lineman Dean Lowry.
Prior to the extension, Lowry would have entered next offseason without a contract. The new extension, which the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Olivia Reiner reports will add three years and $20.325 million ($6 million guaranteed at signing) to Lowry’s existing deal, will prevent the defensive lineman from hitting the open market at the same time the Packers face contract decisions with Mike Daniels, Blake Martinez, and others.
Lowry, a former fourth-round pick and part-time starter, hasn’t garnered as much attention as fellow defensive linemen Kenny Clark or Daniels. Still, Lowry has quietly developed into a consistent contributor for a unit often lacking for talent. According to Pro Football Focus, he finished last season third on the team in total pressures (31) and defensive stops (23), both career-high marks.
Perhaps as importantly, Lowry has rarely missed time during his three seasons with the Packers. He has sat out a game only once since joining the team -- a healthy scratch during his rookie year. That availability certainly contributed to his new contract extension.
Since 2016, Lowry has registered 84 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback hits and seven sacks. He also returned a fumble recovery 62 yards for a touchdown.