Heading full force into the offseason, who are the best contract bargains on the Detroit Lions roster?
The Detroit Lions have roughly $14 million in projected cap space right now. With free agency starting soon, this is the time of year where teams scour the market to try to find fits and consider re-signings, etc.
Having finished 9-8 this past season, the Lions will be looking to add players who could help make real playoff push in 2023. Looking at their future, the team will have substantial cap space in 2024. A main reason for this is they have a chunk of key players on current contracts that can be marked as bargains.
Let’s take a look at the five most favorable contracts the Lions have loking to 2023 in full focus. Numbers come courtesy of Over The Cap.
5 most favorable contracts on the Detroit Lions roster in 2023
5. Center Frank Ragnow
Remaining Contract Terms: 4 years, $40.5 milion base salary; $59.65 million total cap hit remaining
One of the best (and toughest) centers in the league, and paid like one, Ragnow may soon be performing at a level that exceeds his contract. He is one of the most expensive players at his position right now, but that may change as some of the league’s’ best centers will demand more lucrative contracts than his.
There are conceivably 5-10 players at the center position who will receive extensions or contracts exceeding Ragnow’s in the next couple years.
Ragnow is the anchor of an offensive line unit that, when healthy, is one of the best in the league. He is under contract through 2026. Between him and one other player on this list, the Lions have a couple of the best bargains in the league among offensive lineman.