Hill will reunite with Lions head coach Dan Campbell, who served as his tight ends coach for the past five years. Over that time, Hill developed into a solid run-blocking tight end who would come up with the occasional catch. His best year as a receiver was in 2019 when he hauled in 25 catches for 226 yards and three touchdowns.
Hill was cut by the Saints earlier in March in a move that saved the team about $2.5 million in much-needed cap space.
Hill’s signing comes just a couple of days after the Lions made a cap-cleaning move of their own, releasing veteran Jesse James after two disappointing seasons in Detroit. The terms of Hill’s deal are not yet known, but his last contract was a three-year, $8.85 million deal with the Saints. Hill will turn 31 this year, so there’s a solid chance he’ll come at a more affordable price.
The Lions are now at a comfortable position at tight end, with T.J. Hockenson and Hunter Bryant rounding up the room. Detroit also signed Hunter Thedford and Alize Mack to future deals earlier this offseason.