The Detroit Lions were suddenly active in the second wave of free agency this week, nabbing both tight end Luke Willson and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. We know the Willson deal is for one year and $2.5 million, but the Williams contract is still out there in the ether.
However, with a little detective work, we have a pretty good idea of what he may be getting. Earlier in the week, we pointed out that the official NFLPA salary cap report had the Lions at $15.4 million. That figure now reads $11.3 million. That’s a difference of just over $4 million. That means the collective 2018 cap hit for Willson and Williams should be right around $4 million. However, the NFLPA’s numbers often ag behind, so I wouldn’t be completely sure about those figures until we see the contract reach the public’s eyes.
But for simplicity’s sake, let’s use that $11.3 million figure for today’s Question of the Day:
What should the Lions do with their remaining cap space?
My answer: Ideally, I want the Lions to add an offensive lineman and a defensive lineman. Considering the small amount of cap space—remember, they need at least $2.5 million for their draft class—chances are Detroit couldn’t get two more starters out of free agency, so I’m thinking more of depth on both sides of the ball.
Unfortunately, it seems like one more splash signing like Johnathan Hankins is out of the question unless the Lions create a significant amount of cap space through roster cuts or contract restructuring.