Tyrunn Walker was the first tangible piece of this 2016 Honolulu blueprint for the offseason. On March 4 he signed a one-year deal with the Lions to continue to play defensive tackle, picking up where he left off after his injury in the 2015 season. On Tuesday, details emerged as to how much the Lions will pay Walker and where the hit against the 2016 salary cap will come.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has the details. Breaking it down here, Walker can make:
- $800,000 in base salary.
- $150,000 for a signing bonus.
- $200,000 roster bonus if he makes the 90-man roster in the spring and passes the required physical exams.
- A $100,000 workout bonus.
- $650,000 total in playtime incentives.
- $350,000 total in bonuses for each week he remains active during the season.
I'll save you the trouble of pulling out your calculator and just inform you that all those numbers add up to a grand total of $2.25 million for Tyrunn Walker. Of course, that's $2.25 million only if he stays healthy and starts for the entire season.
On the front office side of the equation, Walker will represent a salary cap hit of $1,337,500 in 2016. Seeing as the Lions have around $30 million in cap space to play before any move is made in regards to Calvin Johnson, it's remarkably friendly should Walker prove to be a consistent starter for the defensive line.