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Lions Announce Decision On Former Iowa Star T.J. Hockenson

TJ Hockenson catches a pass for the Lions.

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 25: Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (88) makes a wide open catch in the end zone for the go ahead touchdown during the game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears on Thursday November 25, 2021 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. (Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

On Tuesday, the Detroit Lions announced their decision to exercise the fifth-year option for tight end T.J. Hockenson. This move locks him in with a fully-guaranteed $9.39 million salary for the 2023 season.

The Lions confirmed their decision after multiple reports on Tuesday evening.

The Lions selected Hockenson with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2019 draft. Injury issues limited the former Iowa standout in his rookie campaign, but he was able to bounce back with a Pro-Bowl season in 2020.

After beginning his third NFL campaign with 583 yards and four touchdowns through 12 games, Hockenson's 2021 season was cut short by a thumb injury in Week 13. The 24-year-old tight end was forced to undergo season-ending surgery due to the injury he suffered during his team's first win of the year.

Hockenson will earn a base salary of $965,000 and a roster bonus of $2.43 million in 2022.