Lions officially sign rookie RB D’Andre Swift
The Detriot Lions have officially signed running back D’Andre Swift to a four-year rookie contract. Per Spotrac, Swift will earn $8.5 million throughout his four-year deal and a signing bonus of $3.8 million.
The Lions drafted Swift in the second round, No. 35 overall, in this year’s virtual NFL draft. Swift became the second running back selected in the 2020 NFL Draft after the Kansas City Chiefs took Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
During his three-year tenure with the Georgia Bulldogs, Swift played phenomenal, rushing for 2,885 yards and 20 touchdowns. Furthermore, he made the SEC All-Freshman team in 2017 and was an All-SEC selection as a junior.
Since the Lions already have three dynamic running backs in Kerryon Johnson, Ty Johnson and Bo Scarbrough, there will very much be competition for Swift this season. Lions general manager Bob Quinn also mentioned he’s excited for the competition at the running back position this season; however, he doesn’t expect Swift to get much playing time.
“We’re going to use multiple running backs,” Quinn told ESPN’s Michael Rothstein. “We like Kerryon Johnson. We like Ty Johnson. We like Bo. So we’re going to put D’Andre in there. D’Andre’s not going to carry the ball 35 times a game, we know that. We’re going to use our backs. We’re going to use all of them. That’s why we drafted D’Andre, he’s going to be part of that package.”
Nevertheless, even if Swift doesn’t get much playing time season, his four-year deal will give him plenty of time to focus on his development with the Lions.