Detroit Lions TV Contracts Help Future Salary Cap

By Greg Bolotin

With free agency begining this past Tuesday. The news of the Detroit Lions salary cap issues have their fans are starting to worry that their Detroit Lions won’t be competitive in the coming years because of their team salary cap issues, their fans fear that they will have clean house because of it.  New TV Deals starting in 2014 will increase the NFL’s Salary cap significantly which will make sure the Detroit Lions will not have to worry about this.

This will help the Detroit Lions in the near future with their team salaries. The Detroit Lions restructured the salaries of Ndamukong Suh, Matthew Stafford, Nate Burleson, and they just signed Calvin Johnson to the biggest contract in the history of the NFL for a wide reciever. Restructuring these contracts gets the Detroit Lions under the salary cap and giving them needed salary cap flexibility.

The Detroit Lions just franchised Cliff Avril that will cost the team 10.6 million dollars against their cap this season, if they are not able to sign him to a long term contract which would lower the team salary for the 2012 season. The Lions have free agent Stephen Tulloch and others they would like to resign but probably will not. The Lions needed the flexibility of restructuring their stars contracts. This will give the Lions salary cap space to sign their 2012 draft picks, and sign free agents to replace players that leave, to keep the team improving going into the 2012 season.

All of these restructures are short term because all the money is backloaded and will have to be paid later to their star players. With the new television contracts starting in 2014 the Detroit Lions should have sufficient cap space when their star players are up for free agency.

Detroit Lions fans should not worry. The Detroit Lions front office is committed to keeping the Detroit Lions winning and competitive. They will still have to make tough decision that in the long run will be beneficial to the team.  The Detroit Lions front office are making these decisions with the goal of bringing a Super Bowl trophy to the city of the Detroit shortly.

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