Rockford native Dean Lowry signs extension to stay with Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WIFR) Rockford native Dean Lowry will not have to worry about his future heading into the 2019-2020 season. That's because Lowry has signed a contract extension to stay in Green Bay, the team announced on Tuesday.

Lowry, 25, was drafted by the Packers in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft. He has missed only one game in his first three seasons, appearing in 47 regular-season games.

The Boylan grad played in all 16 games and made eight starts last year. Lowry set a career high in tackles (57), solo tackles (39), sacks (three) and passes defended (four). The defensive tackle also registered his first forced fumble of his career.

In 2017, Lowry became just the seventh Packers player (since 1982) to register a sack and a defensive touchdown in the same game. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance against Tampa Bay.

Green Bay opens the season against the Chicago Bears on September, 5.