Detroit Lions waive tight end Hunter Bryant with non-football injury
The Detroit Lions renounced Hunter Bryant Wednesday with a non-soccer injury.
Durability has long been an issue for an otherwise talented player. Although he was very productive in his final season at the University of Washington in 2019, his injury history played a significant role in preventing him from getting drafted.
Bryant was quick to sign with the Lions as a vacant free agent, a three-year contract that earned him a $ 20,000 signing bonus and an overall $ 60,000 guarantee. Even so, he couldn’t get rid of the injury problem and missed the time at training camp with a leg problem.
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Although he paused for a stretch, he showed enough potential on the practice field to secure a roster spot, only to end up on the injured reserve with a concussion. Activated late in the season, he appeared in five games and played 60 snapshots between offensive and special teams. He had a single reception at those appearances, a 44-yard catch, and ran against Tennessee in Week 14.
Bryant would fight for Detroit’s third spot on the tight end after Pro Bowler TJ Hockenson and veteran Josh Hill who signed a one-year free agent deal with the Lions this off-season.
That potential job is now being contested between Alize Mack, Hunter Thedford, and any rookie the Lions could add this week, whether through a draft pick or as an unoccupied free agent.