This is our roster which includes the 2012 cap hits by most players and my personal opinion of who is staying and leaving and by leaving I mean cut, not re-signed, traded etc. I also took into consideration the "rumor mill." That is to say the recent news that the Lions aren't near a deal with Tulloch and we will most definitely franchise Avril if we don't get a deal done by free agency.
*N/A will usually mean new deal is under construction i.e not re-signed yet or is not re-signing will the Lions
*UFA unrestricted free agent
*RFA Restricted free agent
Leaving: Drew Stanton(N/A UFA)
Total QB Cap Usage: 17 million+...
Total Running Back Cap Usage: 3.4445 million
Leaving: Rashied Davis(N/A UFA)
Total Wide Receiver Cap Usage: 27.769 million+..
Staying: Branden Pettigrew(1.829 million), Tony Sheffler(2.05 million), Will Heller(1.183 million)
Total Tight End Cap Usage: 4.422 million
Staying: Jeff Backus(N/A UFA), Gosder Cherilus(1.39 million), Stephen Peterman(2.725 million), Dominic Riola(3.4 million), Rob Sims(1.5 million),Jason Fox(600 thousand), Johnny Culbreath(562 thousand), Corey Hillard(N/A RFA),
Total Offensive Line Cap Usage: 10.177 million+...
Staying: Ndamakung Suh(10.850 million), Nick Fairly(2.247 hthousand), Corey Williams(6.083 million), KVB(5 million), Willie Young(506 thousand), Lawrence Jackson(2.135 million), Sammie Lee Hill(N/A UFA), Cliff Avril(N/A UFA)
Leaving: Andre Fluellen(N/A UFA)
Total Defensive Line Cap Usage: 26.821million+..
Leaving: Isiah Ekjiuba(N/A UFA), Stephen Tulloch(N/A UFA)
Total Linebacker Cap Usage: 3.635 million+..
Total Secondary Cap Usage: 5.253 million+..
Leaving: Ben Graham(N/A UFA)
Total Special Teams Cap Usage: 4.663 million+..
By The Numbers:
Total Cap Space Usage of 31 players: 103.1845 million
-total of 42 players meaning 11 contracts still have to factor in
-Big Names still need to be signed: Avril, Hill, Backus, Wright
Number of our free agents re-signed: 11
Number of players released: 15
Projected Salary Cap for 2012: 122 million
*You're probably pushing around 123 million by signing Avril, Hill, Backus and Wright.
-Lawrence Jackson is our 13th biggest cap hit
-Jason Hanson is 8th
-Tony Sheffler is 14th while Pettigrew is 15th