Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) talks to his team in the huddle against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Salary Cap Update

The Detroit Lions have all their draft picks under contract and aren’t likely to see any major roster changes before training camp begins towards the end of July. That being said, let’s take a look at where the Lions stand in terms of salary cap space compared to the rest of the league.

Team Cap Room
Jacksonville Jaguars $27,094,054.00
Cleveland Browns $24,014,509.00
Cincinnati Bengals $23,271,932.00
New York Jets $22,336,550.00
Tennessee Titans $18,978,595.00
Philadelphia Eagles $18,895,510.00
Miami Dolphins $14,771,249.00
Indianapolis Colts $13,586,702.00
Green Bay Packers $13,515,388.00
Arizona Cardinals $11,367,935.00
Oakland Raiders $10,271,612.00
Tampa Bay Buccaneers $10,205,773.00
Kansas City Chiefs $9,462,465.00
Atlanta Falcons $9,338,836.00
Dallas Cowboys $8,531,170.00
Houston Texans $7,687,923.00
Buffalo Bills $7,578,856.00
Minnesota Vikings $7,324,443.00
Seattle Seahawks $7,121,573.00
New York Giants $6,875,040.00
Pittsburgh Steelers $6,594,954.00
New England Patriots $6,403,532.00
San Francisco 49ers $5,903,293.00
Chicago Bears $5,344,948.00
Carolina Panthers $4,870,937.00
Denver Broncos $4,308,457.00
Baltimore Ravens $4,037,858.00
San Diego Chargers $2,283,103.00
Washington Redskins $2,064,143.00
Detroit Lions $1,988,060.00
St. Louis Rams $1,744,098.00
New Orleans Saints $1,718,621.00

While the roster isn’t likely to see big changes between now and the start of camp, the Lions may be able to free up a decent chunk of salary cap space. It was the second week of July last year when the Lions and Matthew Stafford agreed to a contract extension and something similar could happen this year with Ndamukong Suh.

If Suh ends up playing out the final year of his deal without an extension, the Lions will have to find other means to give themselves some cap cushion during the season. It’s a given in the NFL that players will get hurt and cap hits don’t magically disappear when a player lands on injured reserve. The nearly $2 million the Lions have in remaining camp space is only about $500K more than the buffer they finished with last year.

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