Long snapper Don Muhlbach, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent next month, is back for another season with the Detroit Lions. He re-signed with the team this week, keeping him under contract through the 2014 season.
According to Dave Birkett, Muhlbach's one-year deal is worth $1.02 million and includes a $65,000 signing bonus. It won't actually cost the Lions more than a million dollars in cap space, though. Since Muhlbach took a minimum salary benefit deal, the Lions get a discount when it comes to the cap. Last year, for example, Muhlbach signed a one-year deal worth $905,000, but his cap hit was only $620,000.
Muhlbach joined the Lions way back in 2004. He's been their long snapper ever since, and he actually went to the Pro Bowl last season. It's no surprise that the Lions went ahead and re-signed Muhlbach, as there was no need to make a change at the position.
With Muhlbach back under contract, the Lions now have only 13 players set to become unrestricted free agents on March 11.