All of the Detroit Lions' restricted free agents who were tendered contract offers have now signed them. On Monday, linebacker DeAndre Levy and offensive tackle Corey Hilliard signed their tenders, allowing them to take part in the team's offseason training program. Defensive tackle Sammie Hill merely signed a waiver to take part in the training program, but today he actually signed his RFA tender.
Lions president Tom Lewand just said that Sammie Hill signed his RFA tender about an hour ago.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) April 19, 2012
Hill is now under contract for 2012. He is set to make $1.26 million, which is based on the fact that he was tendered at the original-round level.
When it first came out that the only compensation the Lions would get if Hill signed elsewhere and the offer wasn't matched was a fourth-round pick, there was concern that they might lose him. After all, giving up a fourth-rounder isn't much for a very good player like Hill, and with the Lions not having a ton of cap room at the time, the thinking was it wouldn't take a huge offer for them to not match. In the end, the risk paid off in a big way for the Lions, because Hill wasn't poached by another team and is set to return on a good contract