Following all of the roster cutdowns and player movement, the Detroit Lions were confronted with a salary cap issue. Detroit had nudged above the NFLs salary cap limit.
No longer. The Lions freed up $4.5 million in cap space by making an adjustment to left tackle Taylor Deckers contract. Detroit converted $6 million of Deckers $14.75 million base salary right into a signing bonus, per Field Yates of ESPN.
Its a reasonably common salary cap manipulation round the NFL. The move puts the Lions back beneath the $208.2 million cap, though that figure fluctuates from team to team predicated on rollover from prior seasons. The Lions were roughly $1.9 million on the cap ahead of reworking Deckers deal.
Decker signed a four-year, $60 million contract extension before the 2020 season. The offer runs through the 2024 season.