When running back Montell Owens signed with the Detroit Lions last week, the terms of his contract were unknown. They have since been released, though, and it turns out that he got a two-year deal worth $2.5 million (with a $250,000 signing bonus), according to Dave Birkett.
As noted by Birkett, Owens' deal leaves the Lions with $2.4 million in cap space. That number doesn't include the signing of offensive lineman Leroy Harris, as the Lions haven't made that move official just yet.
With Owens now under contract through the 2014 season, the Lions' contract situation at running back/fullback is as follows: Reggie Bush (through 2016), Mikel Leshoure (through 2014), Joique Bell (through 2013), Theo Riddick (through 2016), Steven Miller (through 2015), Jahvid Best (through 2014), Shaun Chapas (through 2013) and Owens (through 2014).
Bush, Leshoure and Bell seem like locks to make the team at running back, and Owens appears to be in pretty good shape to be on the 53-man roster as well given his contract. If those four players do make the team, then there will probably be one spot open at most for Riddick, Miller and Chapas (assuming Best is on the PUP list). The fact that Riddick was a draft pick might give him a bit of an edge, but Miller's ability to contribute as a returner can't be overlooked. As for Chapas, he appears to be a long shot at best at this point.