Cliff Avril has been in the news a lot lately, at least it seems that way for Lion's fans. There is no doubt that during the season Avril was our star defensive player and was arguably the biggest defensive play maker in the NFL last season. Consequently, Avril's career year should justifiy him to getting a bigger contract. Many of us on P.O.D continually debated just how big Avril's contract should be but generally agreed that what Avril was asking for was far too much (last I heard it was 12 million a year). Yes, Avril's year was not elite by any means compared to Jared Allen, Jason Pierre Paul, Jason Babin or even Chris Long but at 25 you pay for potential.
Now, here is the genesis of my post. There is absolutely no chance Mayhew lets Calvin Johnson walks after all renegotiating or re-signing (depending on when it happens) helps both parties. This in turn, should allow the Lions to create enough cap space to sign Tulloch to a 2 year deal. If you do not know this, signing bonuses count against the cap as well, for instance 20 million in signing bonus over 5 years is a 4 million dollar cap hit. The only place you create cap space is by back loading contracts, hence Tulloch's contract is probably only going to be 2 years. Back to my original thought, it's not the 2012 free agents we should worry about, it's our 2013 free agents. Remember how contracts are back loaded? Well, with Avril demanding such a huge contract we'll actually have less cap room than we have this year.
2013 Free Agents:
Did not include Johnson*
I just wanted everyone to realize that keeping Tulloch is not of any importance when considering what we would lose if Avril eats up all of our 2013 cap space. I said you pay a price for potential and you're paying a lot if you re-sign Avril, Mayhew.