Former Notre Dame star Romeo Okwara has come a long way since going undrafted in 2016. After a breakout season with the Detroit Lions, he is getting a big payday.
According to Lions writer Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions are giving Okwara a new two-year deal worth up to $9 million. The extension comes after he led the team with 7.5 sacks and 14 quarterback hits in 2018.
The former Notre Dame star was a pass rushing specialist in college. He notched 9.0 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss in his senior year before joining the NFL.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 2, 2019
Okwara signed as an undrafted free agents for the New York Giants in 2016 and went on to play all 16 games for the team in his rookie year. He finished his 2016 campaign with two passes defended, a sack, 21 tackles, two tackles for loss, and five quarterback hits.
The following year, injuries limited Okwara to just six games before finishing the season on injured reserve.
The Giants waived Okwara at the start of the 2018 season and he was quickly picked up by the Lions.
He went on to start 15 games in 2018 and famously had a strip sack of Aaron Rodgers in a 31-23 win over the Green Bay Packers.