Detroit Lions sign 1st-round pick Aidan Hutchinson to $35 million deal

Lions selected Michigan star with No. 2 overall pick

Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson celebrates being selected by the Detroit Lions as the second pick in the NFL football draft Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher ) (John Locher, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

DETROIT – The Detroit Lions have signed first-round pick Aidan Hutchinson to a four-year deal worth more than $35 million.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Hutchinson will receive $35,713,388 over four years of his NFL career. The deal is fully guaranteed and includes a signing bonus of $23,153,372, Rapoport said.

The Lions selected Hutchinson with the No. 2 overall pick in last month’s draft. Long considered the top prospect in the draft, Hutchinson fell to the Lions when the Jacksonville Jaguars chose Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker with the top pick.

Hutchinson put up gaudy numbers during his senior season at Michigan: 14 sacks, 58 tackles, two forced fumbles and three passes defended. He was the highest-graded player in college football, according to Pro Football Focus.

In the team’s biggest win this decade, Hutchinson sacked Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud three times while registering a total of 15 pressures. He also picked up a sack in Michigan’s blowout win over Iowa in the Big Ten championship game.

At the NFL combine, Hutchinson registered elite speed and agility numbers to go along with good size for an edge rusher. His weight was the only concern, as he’s a bit light for the position, at 260 pounds.

Hutchinson was a team captain each of his final two seasons at Michigan and one of the main reasons the Wolverines finally broke their conference title drought.

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