Dec 26, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Detroit Lions fullback Jason Cabinda (45) tries to break out of a tackle by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Fabian Moreau (22) during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions FB Jason Cabinda signs two-year extension

Detroit Lions converted fullback Jason Cabinda signed a two-year contract extension on Thursday.

Cabinda, 25, was scheduled to be a restricted free agent prior to signing the deal that will keep him in Detroit through the 2023 season.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team for Cabinda, who primarily serves as a lead blocker. He also was named the club’s 2021 nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year.

“I’ve been scratching and crawling, if I’m being honest,” Cabinda said Thursday. “Not a whole lot of people know my story about being undrafted and being on practice squad, the defense to offense. It’s been quite a roller coaster of a ride.

“To be in a place I can feel more stable and feel focused on my position and growing and knowing exactly what’s expected of me and kind of what I need to focus on is huge for me.”

Cabinda began his NFL career as an undrafted linebacker with the then-Oakland Raiders in 2018. He then shuffled to fullback and appeared in 34 games over the last three seasons, rushing four times for 23 yards and reeling in six catches for 24 yards and a touchdown.

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