4 Detroit Lions who are most likely to have their contracts restructured this spring

The Detroit Lions aren't hurting for cap space, but these four players may have their contracts restructured this spring to add some more.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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1. CB Cameron Sutton

At best, Sutton was just not very impactful in his first season as a Lion (one interception and nine pass breakups in 20 games; including playoffs). At worst he was downright awful late in the season, even within the scope of facing a unique run of very good wide receivers.

Some Lions' fans may like it if Sutton was gone one year into the three-year deal he signed last offseason, but that won't be happening for the reasons outlined here. It's also worth wondering if a toe injury that nearly led to him missing Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys was a factor in his late-season ineptitude. Not to give him an excuse, but let's give him some benefit of doubt even if he was not subsequently on the injury report.

In any case, Sutton will get a mulligan next season and ideally he won't be tasked with covering the opponent's best wide receiver on a regular basis. If he struggles badly again next season, this whole conversation will have a different tone a year from now.

But this offseason, a restructure of Sutton's contract to drop his $12.68 million cap hit for 2024 is in play and he should be agreeable to it.

Estimated savings (according to Over The Cap: $6.967 million
Estimated savings (according to Spotrac): $4.687 million

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