|Friday, August 1
Former Husker a solid player
By Len Pasquarelli
Schlesinger, 31, still had two seasons remaining on the four-year deal he signed in 2001. The extension means he is now under contract through the 2006 season.
Although complete financial details of the extension were not available, it will mean about $2.5 million in additional compensation for the eight-year veteran. There is a $750,000 signing bonus included in the extension. The extension does not affect Schlesinger's base salaries from his existing contract, which will remain at $750,000 in 2003 and $850,000 for 2004.
A terrific blocker and accomplished receiver, certainly a player who fits the mold of the fullback as the position is structured now in the league, Schlesinger has been a solid if unspectacular player over the course of his career. The only mildly puzzling element of the extension is that Schlesinger will be 35 years old if he plays the full contract.
The former Nebraska standout was a sixth-round choice in the 1995 draft and has played his entire career with the Lions.
In 111 games, and 52 starts, Schlesinger has rushed 153 times for 449 yards and five touchdowns. His bigger contribution has been as a receiver, where he has 137 catches for 1,040 yards and three touchdowns.