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    Its offical

    Hakim agrees to five-year, $16 million deal news services

    The Detroit Lions and unrestricted free agent wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim have reached an agreement on a five-year, $16 million contract, has learned.

    Hakim's agent, Rocky Arceneaux, confirmed the deal, which will include a signing bonus of more than $5 million.

    The addition of Hakim, a four-year veteran who made his name with the St. Louis Rams, fills the Lions' desperate need for speed. One of the NFL's quickest players, Hakim will team with incumbent Lions starter Johnnie Morton to dramatically upgrade the Detroit receiving corps.

    Hakim, 24, has been the No. 3 wide receiver for the Rams, behind Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. But the Rams acknowledged early in free agency that Hakim's price tag probably would be too exorbitant for them to have a chance of retaining him. St. Louis officials will meet on Friday with unrestricted free agent Jacquez Green, formerly of Tampa Bay, and he becomes the frontrunner to replace Hakim there.

    The Lions have also been in contact with free agent wide receiver Corey Bradford of Green Bay, had tentatively scheduled a Friday visit, but may now cancel that.

    A former San Diego State star, Hakim is among the NFL's quickest and most explosive players. The only issues surrounding him are his size (5 feet 10, 178 pounds) and propensity for fumbling, especially on punt returns. Rams coach Mike Martz replaced him in the return game late in the '01 season after his fourth fumble.

    It will be interesting to monitor Hakim's production now that he will be a starter and not surrounded by as much talent. There is little doubt, however, that he is a proven playmaker and a critical acquisition for the Lions, who likely will turn to second-year quarterback Mike McMahon as the starter in 2002.

    During his St. Louis tenure, Hakim caught 148 passes for 2,032 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also returned 112 punts for an 11.4-yard average and two touchdowns, and rushed 22 times for 143 yards and one score. A fourth-round pick in the 1998 draft, Hakim appeared in 56 games and started 10 contests.

  • #2
    I laughed my ass off when i heard this. He's got tons of speed, but Detroit really isn't known for the Quarterbacks. Who is going to throw to him? Yeah they got Batch and McMahon, but jeez.

    It sucks that we had to let him go, but it was what had to be done.


    • #3
      I am curious to see what he does with the lions. Maybe his punt returns will improve. If so he may do quite well. I know he was good, but I think we will do fine without him.


      • #4
        Az was good but to many fumbles. Best of luck with Lions Az, you will need it.


        • #5
          Az had his problems but he was still a good receiver. The Lions got a good one, I hope he does good things for them. Good luck, Az!


          • #6
            Hakim was always one of my favorite players, despite his performance on punt returns. He was even the favorite player of my sister, a Packers' fan. I defended him to the end, and now I wish him luck chasing passes from Mike McMahon and Charlie Batch in the future.



            • #7
              I love Az. Too bad the fumbles on punt returns was such a big story this year. He seemed to have decent hands at WR. I think he will shine as the #1 or #2 receiver. Of course, the QB is the other half of this story.


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