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Lions now last in NFL in cap space

The Detroit Lions currently have the least amount of cap space in the NFL.

Leon Halip

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:

Rank Team Cap space
1 Jacksonville Jaguars $28,451,212
2 Cleveland Browns $25,744,140
3 Cincinnati Bengals $24,292,641
4 New York Jets $21,906,269
5 Philadelphia Eagles $19,743,528
6 Tennessee Titans $19,257,413
7 Miami Dolphins $15,945,487
8 Green Bay Packers $13,787,056
9 Indianapolis Colts $13,646,624
10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers $13,152,511
11 Arizona Cardinals $11,367,935
12 Dallas Cowboys $10,550,888
13 Oakland Raiders $10,271,612
14 Atlanta Falcons $9,431,544
15 Houston Texans $8,717,305
16 Seattle Seahawks $8,704,698
17 Buffalo Bills $7,578,856
18 Minnesota Vikings $7,453,193
19 New England Patriots $7,236,450
20 St. Louis Rams $7,108,888
21 New York Giants $7,036,009
22 Pittsburgh Steelers $6,910,969
23 Carolina Panthers $6,235,537
24 San Francisco 49ers $5,725,793
25 Chicago Bears $5,209,948
26 Denver Broncos $5,002,553
27 Baltimore Ravens $4,309,058
28 Kansas City Chiefs $2,632,465
29 San Diego Chargers $2,133,103
30 Washington Redskins $2,064,143
31 New Orleans Saints $1,718,621
32 Detroit Lions $732,119

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.

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