While Reale refused to get into terms of the contract, it is believed to be a five-year deal with an option year at the player's discretion.
Detroit has high hopes for Bailey and have already penciled him in as their starting strong-side linebacker. Lions fans couldn't believe that a player of Bailey's caliber would fall to them in the second round.
The 6-2", 229 Georgia native is considered one of the fastest linebackers and most athletic linebackers to come out of the collegiate ranks in a longtime. Most experts thought Bailey would be a first round pick, so the knowledgeable Lions fans were overjoyed when Lions president and GM Matt Millen, presiding over his first ever collegiate draft, tabbed Bailey with the second pick in the second round.
Reale characterized negotiations with Detroit as "very fair and very professional." He praised the Lions front office staff for dealing with his client in a manner befitting a second round pick.
While acknowledging that there could always be a last minute snag, Reale said that the deal was essentially done and he felt that Bailey would definitely be in camp tomorrow with the rest of the rookies and selected veterans.