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Lions DE Kerry Hyder signs ERFA tender, will return in 2018

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The Lions’ unsung hero will be back in 2018.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions have begun to sign their own. As first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates, defensive end Kerry Hyder has signed his exclusive rights free agent tender and is now guaranteed to return to the Lions in 2018.

The Lions reportedly offered him the tender, meaning Hyder had two choices: sign it or sit out the entire 2018 season. In other words, it was a given that Hyder would be returning to Detroit this season.

According to Dave Birkett, the contract is worth just $630,000 for one season, which is a pretty big bargain for the pass rusher. Though Hyder lost his 2017 season due to an Achilles injury suffered in the first quarter of the preseason opener, Hyder had 8.0 sacks the year before, despite only starting two games.

Hyder joins Ezekiel Ansah, who was given the franchise tag earlier this offseason, as part of Detroit’s main pass rushing unit. Ansah has yet to sign his franchise tag offer—worth $17.1 million—but there are no indications he plans to hold out. Ansah could also sign a long-term deal instead, if he can reach an agreement with the Lions by the July 16 deadline.

For now, the Lions have their two best pass rushers locked up for the 2018 season. Now the question becomes will they add more help in free agency and/or the draft?