A few quick things worth passing on regarding the Detroit Lions' roster:
- Cornerback Alphonso Smith hit a contract escalator this past season. The result is that his 2011 salary will now be $530,000 and his salary in 2012 will be $695,000. That is an increase of $50,000 next season and $115,000 in 2012.
Previously, we heard about how defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and wide receiver Calvin Johnson hit contract incentives that changed their future salaries. Suh's salary for 2011 went up by $1 million (from $405,000 to $1,405,000) and Johnson's salary actually went down for next season. He was originally set to make $10,450,482, but now will instead make $8,875,000. The difference will be made up in 2012, as his salary went up by $1,575,482 for a new total of $14 million.
- The one-year deal that linebacker Zack Follett signed earlier in the month is worth $480,000.
- Linebacker Bobby Carpenter, who is expected to compete for a starting spot next season, wants to sign a long-term deal with the Lions.