The contract details for some of the Detroit Lions' newest players have been released, and the deal that offensive guard/center Leroy Harris received is particularly interesting.
According to Dave Birkett, Harris signed a two-year deal that is worth $3 million. The deal includes a $225,000 signing bonus, and it has a base salary of $800,000 for 2013. If Harris is still on the team next year, his base salary will jump up to $1.85 million.
That seems like a lot of money for a player coming off of a partially torn ACL, but perhaps the Lions see Harris as a potential replacement for Dominic Raiola at center. If Harris recovers from his injury without any issues and impresses, he could potentially enter the starting lineup this year or next year. And if Harris doesn't show the Lions a whole lot, they have the option of simply releasing him and not having to pay most of the money in his deal.
In other contract news, wide receiver Micheal Spurlock and offensive guard Jake Scott both got one-year deals from the Lions. According to Birkett, Spurlock has a cap hit of $620,000 and Scott has a cap hit of $555,000.
Following these deals, the Lions now have $1.96 million in cap space.