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Lions restructure Glover Quin's contract

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In order to free up some cap space, the Detroit Lions restructured Glover Quin's contract.

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With the Detroit Lions running low on cap space, they decided to restructure safety Glover Quin's contract, according to ESPN. Just like when his contract was restructured before the 2014 regular season, this was once again a simple restructure, meaning Quin's base salary for 2015 was converted into a bonus.

By restructuring Quin's deal, the Lions dropped his base salary by $3,255,000 and freed up $2,170,000 in cap room. Before the move, he was set to have a cap number of $5,742,500 for 2015, but now he's only going to count $3,572,500 against the cap this year (via Over the Cap's cap calculator).

How has this move affected Quin's cap numbers in 2016 and 2017? For 2016, Quin's cap number has jumped from $6,492,500 to $7,577,500, which is an increase of $1,085,000. The same increase applies in 2017, moving Quin's cap number from $6,742,500 to $7,827,500.

Even after this move, the Lions are still only 30th in cap space, according to the NFLPA. However, with $4,358,886 to work with, the Lions at least have some breathing room. It's unlikely that any major signings are coming at this point, but the Lions now have a bit more wiggle room as they get ready to head into the next phase of the offseason.