It's been a busy few days for the Detroit Lions from a roster standpoint. Running back Reggie Bush was released on Wednesday, and the Lions decided to add defensive end Phillip Hunt to their roster on Thursday. Then, on Friday, the Lions re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year deal.
As usual, it appears that Muhlbach signed a minimum salary benefit deal. Here are the details:
Muhlbach MSB contract = $970k, plus $80k bonus; cap number $585k— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 27, 2015
He's right RT @IanWhetstone: Just to point out, the $80k bonus makes the total cap $665k. $585k is the MSB, but bonus counts on top of that.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 27, 2015
Muhlbach has been the Lions' long snapper since the 2004 season, and he actually earned a trip to the Pro Bowl a couple of years ago. The Lions have had some issues on special teams in recent years, but Muhlbach has been pretty reliable as their long snapper.
With Muhlbach back under contract, the Lions now just need to re-sign kicker Matt Prater to keep their group of specialists together for another season. Punter Sam Martin is already under contract, but Prater is set to become a free agent on March 10. The Lions are hoping to bring Prater back, and he has indicated that he wants to stay in Detroit, so much like with Muhlbach, this should be a situation where a deal is eventually worked out.