Contract details out for Lions' Israel Idonije, Chris Hope

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The contract details have been released for the Detroit Lions' newest players.

The Detroit Lions added a pair of veterans on defense this week by signing defensive end Israel Idonije and safety Chris Hope. The contract details for those signings are now out, and it turns out that the Lions got quite a bargain with both players.

Idonije's contract is especially interesting. He was believed to have received interest from multiple teams, but the Lions signed him for the veteran's minimum ($940,000). His deal included a $65,000 signing bonus, meaning the total worth of his one-year contract is $1.005 million. His cap hit is only $620,000 for 2013 since the Lions signed him to a minimum salary benefit deal.

Hope received a similar one-year deal, as he also got the veteran's minimum. There was no signing bonus, though, so his cap hit for 2013 is only $555,000.

With these two moves now official, the Lions currently have $1.894 million in cap space. That doesn't exactly leave them with a lot of room to work with, but I can't imagine there will be any major moves at this point anyway. The Lions could certainly look for some additional veteran depth at other positions, but given what Idonije and Hope got, Detroit probably isn't going to spend much more than the veteran's minimum on any potential new signings.

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