With the second overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions were able to sign Aidan Hutchinson to his first professional contract. After a long wait before the draft of Lions fans being hopeful that the hometown hero would be able to fall into their lap, he’s officially a member of the team.
There may not be much shock that he officially signed, as there was hope that the Detroit Lions and Hutchinson would be able to get the deal done in time for him to participate in the team’s mini-camp coming up.
Hutchinson spent the last four seasons with the maize and blue; now, he gets the joy of playing for his hometown, Lions. The Plymouth-native has spoken about the opportunity before the draft and seemed exceptionally excited to join the Lions if the opportunity was there.
Now, after some deliberations, Hutchinson has officially signed. His contract is a four-year deal worth $35.7 million with a $23.1 million signing bonus. As was mentioned in an article from the Detroit Free Press, holdouts are rare so getting the deal signed was not too surprising but still a nice touch before mini-camp.
Detroit Lions news this week is highlighted by Aidan Hutchinson signing.
It’s a fully guaranteed contract for Hutchinson and allows him to get to work with his new organization. It’s an exciting time for Lions fans as the team starts to build the 2022 roster, and having Hutchinson as the team’s new premier edge-rusher is a great thing to think about.
The former Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year will bring plenty to this team’s defense. With a Lions’ team that struggled to keep teams off the scoreboard in 2021, there is a lot of hope that Hutchinson can get the job done and help limit the opposition.
The Lions did their due diligence on Hutchinson; the hometown hero is someone the team feels will bring plenty for the defense. The Lions locking him in for his rookie deal should be looking forward to what he will bring to the table.
The next four seasons of Hutchinson should be an exciting time for him. Getting into a groove will be important for Hutchinson, but it seems like he will be able to do it. The Lions can cross this off their checklist of things to do this offseason.
As the two sides got things taken care of, Hutchinson can now get to work and make Lions fans proud.