After signing second-round pick Kyle Van Noy last week, the Detroit Lions dropped below the $1 million mark in salary cap space. Specifically, they now have only $732,119 in cap space, according to the NFLPA. This puts them in last place in the NFL when it comes to cap space. The New Orleans Saints are actually the only other team with less than $2 million of cap room to work with right now ($1,718,621, to be exact), so the Lions are 32nd by a pretty good margin.
Based on the numbers from the NFLPA, here's a look at where each team ranks in cap space as of Monday, June 9:
|4||New York Jets||$21,906,269|
|8||Green Bay Packers||$13,787,056|
|10||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||$13,152,511|
|19||New England Patriots||$7,236,450|
|20||St. Louis Rams||$7,108,888|
|21||New York Giants||$7,036,009|
|24||San Francisco 49ers||$5,725,793|
|28||Kansas City Chiefs||$2,632,465|
|29||San Diego Chargers||$2,133,103|
|31||New Orleans Saints||$1,718,621|
As it stands right now, first-rounder Eric Ebron is the Lions' only unsigned draft pick. The only reason they haven't already signed him is because he is expected to have a cap hit of $2.2 million in 2014. The Lions don't have anywhere near that much cap space right now, so they're just waiting things out for the time being. The best-case scenario would be to sign Ndamukong Suh to a long-term deal to free up enough room to sign Ebron, but if that doesn't happen, they will have to restructure someone else's contract instead.