Lions trade T.J. Hockenson to Vikings

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The Lions have traded one of their most talented players to a division rival.

Tight end T.J. Hockenson has been traded from Detroit to Minnesota, according to multiple reports.

The full terms of the deal are the Vikings sending a 2023 second-round pick and a 2024 fourth-round pick to Detroit in exchange for Hockenson, a 2023 fourth-round pick and a 2024 conditional fourth-round pick.

For the 6-1 Vikings, this move shows they think they’re Super Bowl contenders, and they want to add one more playmaker before this afternoon’s NFL trade deadline.

For the 1-6 Lions, this move shows they’re packing it in on this season and looking ahead to 2023 and beyond.

Hockenson arrived in Detroit as the eighth overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He’s currently in the fourth year of his rookie contract. The Lions picked up his fifth-year option, so the Vikings now inherit his guaranteed 2023 salary of $9.392 million.

120 responses to “Lions trade T.J. Hockenson to Vikings

  1. Multiple teams tanking now. This is not good. The league might have to do something. It can’t turn into baseball, where teams load up at the deadline and they become a totally different team than who started the year.

  2. I feel bad for Lions fans. I actually thought there was some hope they would be a middle of the pack NFL team. Looks like they’re about to blow it all up and start over, again.

  3. I like it! A 2 and a 4 is pretty steep but if we’re getting back a top 5 pick in the 4th and another 4th in 2024 I guess it’s not too bad. We need to get production out of a TE and now the pressure is on Irv Smith to have a pulse or he’s out of town after this year.

  4. They gave up not one but two 4th round picks in addition to Hockenson, did GM Holmes have a gun to his head when he agreed to this?

  5. With their receivers and running backs, he’ll be wide open 75% of the time.

  6. Solid addition to a decent team. Price is convoluted but essentially it was for a 2nd and a pick swap?

  7. Poor guy, went from one garbage team to another. Also from one dumpster fire city to another! It’s a double downer for Hock!

  8. Interesting Detroit decided to trade inside the NFC North. That’s not typical,… but maybe it’s because Minny offered the best compensation. Hockenson never really busted through. He sure is a physical specimen though. I’m sure he makes Minn a little better.

  9. This moves shows the Vikings are done with underachieving, constantly injured, Irv Smith. That’s all.

  10. Oh here we go – all the goofy deranged viking homers are going to talk Superbowl!

    The Vikings aren’t scaring anyone.

  11. Well Lions this is the 1st time I am not happy that you are in your division. Don’t trade a talented player like this inside the division. This kid is just entering his prime. What are you building to here if you don’t have prime players to do with the QB you will ruin next year?

  12. He has better chance of winning a championship in Detroit than on that desperate Vikings squad.

  13. A tight end a #8 overall, it was easily one of Bob Quinn’s most perplexing picks during his time here and the kid just never had a chance to live up to the expectation that came with being selected that high through no fault of his own. It was more of an indictment on Quinn than Hockenson.

  14. Figures, the Vikings have been absolutely horrible at acquiring talent. What a stupid trade! LOOL!

  15. On one hand, 4 picks for a TE isn’t bad. On the other hand, it sure appears like Brad Holmes likes helping good teams win championships in exchange for a bunch of late rounders.

  16. There is no reason to have faith in this organization, this administration and this coaching staff. They will not take advantage of those draft picks and the whole front office and coaching staff will be gone in 2024. The only thing this team is good at is squandering assets.

  17. Kwesi is dominating this division with the trades made since draft day. How does he get Hock AND picks back?! Vikings going all-in while the Lions join the packers and Bears in the basement.

  18. Wow, I think a lot of Hockenson. I think the Vikings got a heck of a player on the cheap here.

  19. Firesale in Detroit and Chicago. Green Bay should be next as they have about the same amount of promise this year.

  20. GREAT PICK UP!!!!!!!! He’s like a Gronk Jr……Kwesi thought this so through! If the Vikes hold serve they will be drafting late in the first round so Vikes giving up late second rounder really.

  21. Not sure how this will turn out for the Vikings but I’ll give Kwesi credit. At least he’s going for it, unlike Spielman who just wanted to lead the league in 3rd day draft picks who he later cut in training camp.

  22. They were not going to sing him long term so I guess its not a bad deal. Detroit never consistently used him.

  23. Oh, gee, thanks Lions for trading him in-division. Nobody does that, but it’s such a Lions thing to do.
    The Vikings are good and they just got better.

  24. Lions being the Lions….it makes no sense.

    I think they should pay Sean Payton $15 mil a year to bring him on as HC.

  25. gooseofgreenbay says:
    November 1, 2022 at 12:46 pm
    Figures, the Vikings have been absolutely horrible at acquiring talent. What a stupid trade! LOOL!
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    Says Packers fan……tell you GM to study the Vikings GM….he may learn something

  26. The Lions will TJ no doubt. Still, the Lions are in a good spot. Dan Campbell is the right coach for that team. They just need a Quarterback and a Defensive Coordinator.

  27. Unbelievable. Very high-end, high impact player, and the Vikings pick him up for next to nothing. Smith will still have his uses but adding Hockenson as the main tight end receiver is a huge step up. His presence will open up the field even more for Jefferson.

  28. Wow, huge move for the Vikings. Can’t believe Detroit traded him to a division rival, especially the one that’s taking over the division for years to come.

  29. Love this move for the Vikes. Irv isn’t cutting it and can’t stay on the field so definitely an upgrade.

    Lions just being the Lions.

  30. Wow.
    It’s not just that they gave up an inconsistent player who has shown some good flashes with less than stellar QBs throwing him the ball, or that he’s still on his rookie deal, or that they’re not getting significant return in terms of picks, but they traded him in the division?
    Curiouser and curiouser how the Lions find exciting new ways to mess up and continually disappoint/torture their fanbase…

  31. I don’t think the people here complaining its a big loss for the Lions have been watching their games this year. Hock had 1 big game and has been practically non-existent since. He’s not clicking in this offense for whatever reason so it totally makes sense to collect some high picks for yet another wasted high round pick.

  32. Essentially the Vikes are using their 2023 2nd rounder on a PROVEN TE, upgrading from Irv Smith who has been a disappointment, and getting an early 4th round pick. I Like!!!

  33. Big, good move for the Vikings who haven’t had a top ten TE for many years. This will help the offense.

  34. Is this payback for Kwesi trading back in the 1st round so that division rival Lions could select that WR?

  35. I can can understand this trade. Irv Smith was always injured and his position with the team was IR, not TE.

  36. 8th overall pick for a 2nd and 3rd rounder.

    Lions are a joke. HOCKENSON is good, but another drafted way too early TE like Ebron.

  37. November 1, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    On one hand, 4 picks for a TE isn’t bad. On the other hand, it sure appears like Brad Holmes likes helping good teams win championships in exchange for a bunch of late rounders.
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    I think you need to take another look at the trade details. The Lions are getting a late 2nd-round pick in 2023. The Vikings are getting Hockenson, the first pick in the fourth round in 2023, and a pick swap in the fourth round in 2024. Not a bad trade for the Vikings when you look at it that way.

  38. supercharger says:
    November 1, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    On one hand, 4 picks for a TE isn’t bad. On the other hand, it sure appears like Brad Holmes likes helping good teams win championships in exchange for a bunch of late rounders.

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    There are 4 picks involved, but two of those are going from Detroit to Minnesota.

  39. Wow. Unbelieveable. Time for Holmes to go. You just DON”T give up a young pro-bowl stud in the division to slightly move up in the draft (they already know Vikes are 6-1 so it will be a low 2nd rounder vs. a top of the 4th). Has to be the worst Lions trade in history. What a joke. Was already frustrated with the horrific step back this season but this takes the cake. You cannot move forward trading your best players for a ham sandwich.

  40. The key to this trade is for the Vikings to use Hockenson better than the Lions did. He clearly has a lot of talent, as evidenced by the big games he has now and then. I’d like to see that a lot more consistently, though.

    Big upgrade over Johnny Mundt.

  41. The ford family needs to sell the team, also need to fire all coaching staff and the front office, due to a true rebuild. and they need to start now. do what ever you can to get shawn Payton as HC and make him a GM..

  42. vikingforlife says:
    November 1, 2022 at 12:42 pm
    Poor guy, went from one garbage team to another. Also from one dumpster fire city to another! It’s a double downer for Hock!
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    I’m sure he’s really upset going from a 1-6 team to a 6-1 team.

  43. I guess I’m just old, I will never understand trading to a division rival, come on Lions. I get that they realize they aren’t going anywhere but he’s a young player that you may have to face for several more years going forward and you didn’t get enough in return to justify that.

  44. Im looking forward to the tanking investigation into the Lions following this season.

  45. This was reported in the Detroit News as a 2nd and a 3rd in 2024 for a 4th and a conditional 4th in 2024.

  46. You can’t trade a piece like that to a division rival. WTF? I guess at the end of the day they have the firepower to get whatever QB they want in the draft, but wow.

  47. WOW. Thats ALL they got for him?? They traded a top tight end AND two 4th round picks, for a 2nd and a 4th? Sooooo really, you traded a top tight end AND a 4th round pick for a low 2nd/borderline 3rd round pick given they will probably go deep in the playoffs??

    I feel like every year the Lions organization makes me feel even worse for the Lions fanbase. You are diehards and I respect ya, sorry your org blows.

  48. Yyyep, 6-1 is pretty awful. At least that’s what those neighbors to the East will tell ya. How far behind is 2nd place again?

  49. Horrible trade. Great fit in Minnesota…he will elevate the run game and pass game, but why trade such a great young player? Same old kitty cats

  50. Detroit’s GM Holmes just proved that he is a deserate man. Same crap Quin did when he traded Quandre Diggs and Slay for peanuts. Quick, without looking it up, who did the Lions take with those picks?

  51. Nice trade, but does not get the Vikings to the Superbowl unless the kid can play QB too.

  52. This sucks. TJ has been one of our best blockers the last two years, so it’s not just those occasional big receiving games that we traded away. And to give him up, to a division rival, for essentially a pick swap, that stings.

    He grew up in Iowa and was a Hawkeye, so I’m glad he’s able to go home. But this is one of the biggest head scratchers of Brad Holmes tenure as GM.

  53. Good trade by the Vikes. Pennies on the dollar for the Lions. Should’ve built around him or waited for a better offer before trading.

  54. With this trade, the Vikings are a shoe-in for the Ultimate Super Duper Awesomest Bowl.
    Can’t wait. 🤣

  55. I like it! A 2 and a 4 is pretty steep but if we’re getting back a top 5 pick in the 4th and another 4th in 2024 I guess it’s not too bad. We need to get production out of a TE and now the pressure is on Irv Smith to have a pulse or he’s out of town after this year.

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    Steep? Hockenon was the 8th overall pick in the 2019 draft and he wasn’t overdrafted. Vikings stole him with this trade. He is ONLY 25!

  56. This tells me the Lions are gout I clean house after this season and rebuild. Bye bye Campbell & Goff.

  57. I’m seeing this reported in multiple places that the Vikings are giving up a 2024 third-round pick, not a 2024 fourth-round pick. Not quite as nice as swapping fourth-round picks but still pretty good.

  58. oothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    November 1, 2022 at 12:47 pm
    Firesale in Detroit and Chicago. Green Bay should be next as they have about the same amount of promise this year.

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    Actually Chicago is buying now.

  59. I must be reading the article wrong. The Lions just traded a former top pick TE who was just coming into his own, which has been especially hard on a horrible team, at a position that is a MUST for a future young QB to have as a weapon, at a very affordable cap number next year…traded him to a division rival for what is in effect the benefit of a late 3rd round draft pick (get a 2nd give a 4th..net is a 3rd, and it will be a late 3rd given Vikings record right now). I’m neither pro or anti Lions…but I would like to see the Lions at some point do well, their fans deserve something…but this might be one of the dumbest trades I’ve ever heard of. Lions GM should be fired immediately…but working for the Fords I’m sure he’ll be getting a raise.

  60. Awful trade for the D. And why the hell do you trade one of your best weapons on Offense to a Division rival??? Geesh

  61. I don’t hate the move, but why not just keep Tyler Conklin and not give away any picks

  62. Football says:
    November 1, 2022 at 2:00 pm
    oothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    November 1, 2022 at 12:47 pm
    Firesale in Detroit and Chicago. Green Bay should be next as they have about the same amount of promise this year.

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    Actually Chicago is buying now.

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    Chicago isn’t buying for this year by giving away 2 top defensive players, smh

  63. Just when u thought the Lions couldn’t get any worse. This has to be one of the biggest bonehead moves ever……to a Division Rival…..wow!

  64. A 2nd in 2023 and 3rd in 2024. Definitely a WIN! We weren’t gonna pay hock top TE money after this year. Dude had 2 big games so far in his career. 1st game of his career than Seattle this year. His numbers match up perfectly to Eric Ebron in catches,drops,TDS. As far as hurting us this year? He’s helped us only once.

  65. For the 6-1 Vikings, this move shows they think they’re Super Bowl contenders,
    +++++
    Kirk Cousins has one career playoff victory. After this year he might, read might, have two.

  66. A 2nd in 2023 and 3rd in 2024. Definitely a WIN! We weren’t gonna pay hock top TE money after this year. Dude had 2 big games so far in his career. 1st game of his career than Seattle this year. His numbers match up perfectly to Eric Ebron in catches,drops,TDS. As far as hurting us this year? He’s helped us only once.

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    Read the fine print, Lions also gave back 2 fourth round picks.

  67. Watch out Dean Spanos. The Fords are right on your heels.

    I feel for you, Lions fan. This is absolutely brutal.

  68. Now I won’t have to hear about how Irv is going to be great for a 5th year in a row without seeing any actual productivity. Great trade for a team looking to make the push. Not bad for the Lions either, I mean it’s not like they were going to pay him next year anyway.

  69. Lions management continues to amaze me. Gave away one of their best players to a division rival. Great trade for the Vikings, upgraded the TE position for a late second round pick AND get higher 4th rounder and either 4th or 5th next year. I think Brad Holmes is working as co general manager of the Vikes. Traded this draft to give Minnesota extra picks and drafted a guy who won’t play this year and may be too small to ever contribute.

  70. Well, Irv Smith knows now that he will be riding into the sunset. There has been talk going back and forth from the commenters here about the picks that are being traded. For example, why did the Vikings trade away a 2nd.One has to look at it from the point of view of where that 2nd round pick is in relation to the other 2nd round picks. This pick is a late 2nd round pick, not a high one. That goes with any round. What is the overall draft number of the pick. What is the draft value of a particular pick in the draft.

  71. crayoninbrain says:
    November 1, 2022 at 2:23 pm
    Football says:
    November 1, 2022 at 2:00 pm
    oothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    November 1, 2022 at 12:47 pm
    Firesale in Detroit and Chicago. Green Bay should be next as they have about the same amount of promise this year.

    ———————————-

    Actually Chicago is buying now.

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    Chicago isn’t buying for this year by giving away 2 top defensive players, smh

    ———————

    That was yesterday. Today they are buyers. I didn’t say it made sense, just that this was what has been taking place.

  72. Chicago isn’t buying for this year by giving away 2 top defensive players, smh

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    Quinn has 1 sack this year through half a season and is 32 years old. He’s not a top defensive player. Roquan can be considered top, but his greed makes it easy to trade him in the first year of their rebuild with Poles.

  73. The Bears didn’t give away Quinn and Smith neither:

    2nd round (Ravens)

    4th round (Eagles)

    5th round (Ravens)

  74. Fair trade for the Vikings. Looking ahead, not just an older player for a one year deal. Tired of waiting for Irv Smiths “break out” year. He never matched the hype. A solid TE will work wonders here. Skol!

  75. Lions fans/media are happy to get 2nd round pick for TJ and vikings fans think they got a good player cheap. Sounds like a good trade.

  76. Packers skunked at the trade deadline. It’s like they want AR12 to get mad and leave.
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    As evidenced by the quarter billion plus they have paid him……

  77. Eric Ebron wasn’t available for the Vikes? As a lifelong Lions fan, I am not confident they can turn the 2nd rounder into a productive player; the track record has been shockingly bad dating to 2005, with most not making it through year three in the league (not just with the Lions). To give up two picks with Hock is head scratching.

  78. Looks really good for the Vikings. You move down 2 rounds in 2023 and swap 4th round spots in 2024. They didn’t even lose a draft pick just moved one down roughly 64 spots for a guy the Lions spent the #8 overall pick on and has been at least a solid starter. He should be a better fit in that offense as well. I don’t really understand it from the Lions perspective.

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