Lions exercise T.J. Hockenson’s fifth-year option

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The Lions aren’t in any hurry to part ways with tight end T.J. Hockenson.

The team announced on Tuesday that they have exercised their option on Hockenson’s contract. Hockenson was the eighth overall pick in 2019 and now has a guaranteed salary of $9.392 million for his fifth NFL season.

Hockenson ended last season on injured reserve because of a thumb injury and also had his rookie year cut short by an ankle injury. He caught 160 passes for 1,673 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first three seasons.

Monday is the deadline for teams to exercise their options on their 2019 first-round picks. Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver, and Panthers defensive end Brian Burns have also had their options executed this week.

6 responses to “Lions exercise T.J. Hockenson’s fifth-year option

  1. Lions basically played zero games last year with their full offense. It would be great to see what Goff looks like with the line all on the field, Chark in the mix, an experienced ARSB, Hock, Swift and Reynolds. Ben Johnson seems to be creative. Dan is a gambler. A top 10-15 offense should be a realistic expectation.

  2. Another Bob Quinn head scratcher (a reoccurring theme with that dude) it’s not his fault he was picked where he was but he will most likely never live up to being selected #8 overall.

    It was a reach then and remains one now. Low risk on exercising the option however so I understand the rationale behind it.

  3. Another disappointment pick with the “exercised option”.

    They should call that option “we whiffed where we drafted this guy, will rent him for 1 more year to avoid embarrassment, and will walk after this season hoping our fans forget about our massive reach again”…

  4. No one thought/thinks Hockenson was a reach. If you’re going to take a TE with a high draft pick, he’s the guy. His blocking is in question? That take could only come from one who has never seen him play. Ridiculous.

  5. Lions offense will look pretty competent and possibly exciting this year if hock and swift can stay healthy. Their offensive line is top 5 in the league…now if only the defense could come around and build some chemistry

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