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Posted on Fri, May 11, 2012 : 6:59 p.m.

Former Michigan receiver Junior Hemingway signs 4-year deal with Chiefs

By Kyle Meinke

Junior Hemingway participated in his first NFL practice Friday.

Then he got paid.

The former Michigan football receiver signed a four-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Terms of the deal were not announced.

Hemingway was selected with the 31st pick of the seventh round in last month's NFL Draft. Based on last year's pay scale, his deal likely is worth around $2 million over the four years.

Idaho tight end Daniel Hardy, selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 238th pick last year, also received a $45,900 signing bonus.

Hemingway finished his five-year Michigan carreer with 88 catches for 1,638 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was the team's top receiver a year ago.

He is the second Michigan draft pick to ink a pro deal, after center David Molk signed a four-year contract with the San Diego Chargers earlier this week.

Defensive tackle Mike Martin, a third-round pick of the Tennessee Titans, is the Wolverines' lone draft pick yet to sign.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Sun, May 13, 2012 : 7:27 a.m.

Junior Hemmingway is going to succeed in KC for sure, I mean look at Ernest Hemmingway, he started in KC too and look how his career turned out, am I right?

Steve McQueen

Sat, May 12, 2012 : 10:27 p.m.

Wow....outstanding for Junior. He is going to find a home with the Chiefs. With Dwayne Bowe on the opposite side, Breaston in the slot and Junior out there too...they have some talented WRs. The Chiefs got a steal with this pick in the 7th round.


Sat, May 12, 2012 : 3:50 p.m.

Yea!!!! He deserves it, and, like Kiper said, the Charges and Chiefs got steals.

Laura J

Sat, May 12, 2012 : 12:23 a.m.

Good for him!!