GREEN BAY, Wis. – Rockford native Dean Lowry signed a 3-year/$20M contract extension last week ahead of training camp with the Green Bay Packers. Lowry is entering his 4th season with the Packers after being drafted out of Northwestern, and he looks forward to proving his worth after signing the deal.
“Each year I’ve gotten better,” Lowry said. “I can do different things across the defensive line. They see me as a core part of the team so that’s exciting.”
Lowry’s teammates are excited to see his hard work get rewarded.
“When he told me, he texted me,” Lowry’s defensive line pal Tyler Lancaster said. “I swear I shouted in the room. I was alone in my apartment sitting on the couch and I got the text, I shouted, ‘Yeah, Dean man!’ I was really hyped. That’s the guy who deserves it.”
Lowry played an important role for Green Bay last year when some key defensive line players went down with injuries.
“To see Dean take game after game, that starting role, the tackles he had, showing the league who he is,” fellow defensive lineman Kenny Clark said. “It was cool to see. It was good to show that because it got him paid.”
Now Lowry says he wants to make even more impact plays up front, as he looks to pressure the quarterback even more going into this season. He’d like to put together more games like he had against Tampa Bay a couple of years ago when he scored a touchdown and also had a sack. Lowry and the Packers will get their first chance to do that in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 8, before the real fun begins for the regular season opener against the Bears Thursday, Sept. 5, at Soldier Field. That game will air on 13 WREX.