- As reported by Dave Birkett, Dan Orlovsky's one-year deal with the Detroit Lions is a veteran's minimum type of contract. The deal is worth a total of $920,000 and includes $125,000 in guaranteed money, but his cap hit is only $635,000 for 2014. Shaun Hill, by comparison, has a cap hit of $1.75 million for the St. Louis Rams this year.
- Orlovsky really came cheap when you consider that for the remainder of the offseason, he's not actually going to take up $635,000 in cap space.
Factoring in top 51, Orlovsky's deal will take up less than $150,000 in cap space.
- J.B. Shugarts, who also joined the Lions this week, got a minimum deal worth $420,000, according to Justin Rogers. As noted by Rogers, Shugarts' contract isn't in the top 51 right now, so his signing didn't even affect the salary cap.
- Here's an update on jersey numbers from Tim Twentyman:
A few housekeeping things. FB Jed Collins will wear No. 45. Darryl Tapp will wear No. 52 as a LB/DE swing-type player.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) April 3, 2014
QB Dan Orlovsky will wear No. 8.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) April 3, 2014
- Aaron Wilson reports that Jason Fox, who left the Lions to join the Miami Dolphins this week, got a one-year deal worth a total of $795,000. Fox has a cap hit of $635,000 for 2014.
- Speaking of the Dolphins, they hosted former Lion Nate Burleson for a visit this week. Burleson also reportedly has a visit scheduled with the Cleveland Browns.
- The Buffalo Bills traded a sixth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for wide receiver Mike Williams. I think it's now a pretty good bet that the Bucs will use the seventh overall pick on a receiver, which isn't good news for the Lions. Detroit may not even get a shot at Mike Evans, and if they want to trade up to get Sammy Watkins, they will have some competition in Tampa.