T.J. Hockenson understands trade rumors are part of the business – NBC Sports

by | Oct 29, 2022 | Business

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The cellar-dwelling 1-5 Lions could be sellers at the trade deadline, and one of the names making the rounds is tight end T.J. Hockenson.Hockenson, a fourth-year player who is under contract through 2023, understands the chatter.“Listen, I’m not stupid, I know what I can bring to another team and I know here that they could, if they want something, if they want to do things for the future then I’m not stupid in that sense,” Hockenson recently told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, via SI.com. “It is a business and whatever they have to do upstairs they’re going to do. And that doesn’t — there’s no hard feelings about it. There’s no, ‘Hey, I don’t like him personally’ or anything about that. That’s just how it is. So I’m not dumb or naive in that fact.”Hockenson said he wants to stay with the Lions, and it would make sense for the Lions to keep as many good players as they can. The question becomes whether and to what extent they’ll be willing to reward him with a major contract before his rookie deal expires.He’s due to make $9.362 million next year. The fifth …

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