The Cincinnati Bengals’ first draft pick of 2022 is also the first to sign his rookie contract.
Safety Dax Hill has agreed to terms with the Bengals on a four-year deal, per NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
Hill was the 31st pick in last month’s NFL Draft and now becomes the 24th first-round pick to sign.
Like every first-round pick since 2011, Hill’s deal will be four years with at least the first three years being fully guaranteed. After Hill’s third year, the Bengals can decide to exercise a fully guaranteed fifth-year option on his deal as well. Hill will also be eligible for a long-term extension at that time.
Before he was a first-round pick by the Bengals, Hill was a three-year starter for Michigan. He was the No. 1 safety recruit in the country in 2019 and ended up playing multiple positions in the Wolverines’ secondary before specializing at slot cornerback.
Hill is expected to remain a versatile defensive back in Cincinnati’s defense, but he’ll likely get his first real playing time at safety. He’s currently practicing as a starter next to strong safety Vonn Bell while Jessie Bates is holding out for a new contract.
The Bengals have five more draft picks to sign this offseason.