Jameson Williams, Lions Reportedly Agree to Fully Guaranteed 4-Year Contract

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 12, 2022

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 28: Jameson Williams, Alabama, is selected as the number 12 pick by the Detroit Lions during the NFL Draft on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Speer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The Detroit Lions and rookie first-round pick Jameson Williams have reportedly agreed to a fully guaranteed four-year deal, which carries a club option for a fifth year, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The former Alabama wideout was the No. 12 pick in this year's draft. 

The Lions paid a hefty price to move up to select Williams, trading up 20 spots by sending the Minnesota Vikings picks Nos. 32, 34 and 66 for Nos. 12 and 46. It was an eventful first round for the Lions, as they also drafted Michigan edge-rusher Aidan Hutchinson second overall.

The Lions reportedly agreed to terms with Hutchinson earlier in the week:

Aaron Wilson @AaronWilson_NFL

Aidan Hutchinson (Lions) $35.713 million deal fully guaranteed, $23.153 million signing bonus, salaries $705,000, $870,000, $985,000, $1.1 million

It's unclear exactly when Williams will play in the 2022 season, as he's recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the national title game. The Lions certainly won't rush him back. 

But the hope for the team is that upon his return, he'll become one of the most explosive young players in the NFL. 

He looked that part at Alabama, catching 79 passes for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. After being buried on the depth chart at Ohio State in his first two seasons behind Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave—the two players drafted directly before him—Williams thrived with the Crimson Tide alongside Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young.

Now, the Lions are banking on him to do the same with Jared Goff.