The Detroit Lions have signed rookie wideout Antoine Green to his rookie contract. His deal spans four years for $3.956 million including a $116,760 signing bonus.
He was Detroit’s seventh-round draft choice this season, and he was selected with the second pick in the final round.
Green posted fantastic production for North Carolina over the past two seasons. He compiled 72 total catches for 1,310 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 199-pound former Tar Heel pass catcher had been a feature of North Carolina’s receiver room for the past five seasons before turning pro.
One of the most significant moments of Green’s time at North Carolina came last season when he caught a game-tying touchdown with time expiring against rival NC State.
Trailing 24-17 with seconds left on the clock, Carolina QB1 Drake Maye found Green in the endzone as the clock expired to tie the game. Although North Carolina went on to lose the game in the second overtime, the impact of Green in front of the fans at Chapel Hill won’t soon be forgotten.
Lions head coach shares plan for QB Hendon Hooker, relationship with Jared Goff
Hendon Hooker has an opportunity to become the quarterback of the future for the Detroit Lions. Though, he’ll have to wait a bit before getting meaningful snaps under center barring any setbacks.
Speaking recently on the “Green Light Podcast” with Chris Long, head coach Dan Campbell said he doesn’t expect the 2023 third-round pick out of Tennessee to play much during his rookie campaign.
“Really, this is a redshirt year for him,” Campbell said, via NFL.com. “He’s got to get this leg right first and then he’ll learn under Jared [Goff], and then let’s see what happens. If he can eventually become your two or maybe down the road, later on, it’s more than that. But it’s going to be a long time.”
Hooker was enjoying a historic season in Knoxville this past season, the last of his collegiate career, before his ACL tear in November. In 11 games, Hooker threw for 3,135 yards with 32 total touchdowns and just two interceptions on 69.6% passing. He led the Volunteers to their first No. 1 ranking since 1998 after Tennessee notably defeated Alabama (9-2) on Oct. 15.
He left Tennessee as one of its most-decorated passers of all time. Hooker ranks fifth in passing touchdowns (58) and eighth in passing yards (6,080) in the program’s history.