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Detroit Lions sign draft picks Jameson Williams, Kerby Joseph


The Detroit Lions signed three more members of their 2022 draft class Thursday, first-round pick Jameson Williams, third-rounder Kerby Joseph and fifth-rounder James Mitchell.

Joseph’s agent, Louis Bing, announced his client’s signing on Instagram.

Joseph became the first compensatory draft pick to receive maximum compensation under the current collective bargaining agreement, Bing wrote.

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Illinois defensive back Kerby Joseph intercepts the ball in the end zone during the third quarter Sept. 25, 2021 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.

NFL rookies get slotted four-year contracts. Third-round picks, historically, are the only picks with some wiggle room, depending on the value of their fourth-year year base salary.

Joseph’s deal is worth just over $5 million and includes an $849,200 signing bonus. He is expected to compete for time at safety in the Lions secondary this fall.

Mitchell, a tight end out of Virginia Tech, was due a four-year deal worth $3.9 million with a $285,548 signing bonus, according to OverTheCap.com. He is coming off a torn ACL, but will be the Lions’ No. 2 tight end when healthy.





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