NFL free agency is just over a month away, and soon teams will be managing their cap space in order to fit a new slew of players. One often forgotten part of the salary cap equation is the rollover from last year. Put simply, if you don’t use it, you don’t lose it.
On Thursday, the NFL Players Association released official figures on how much rollover cap each team will have in 2019. According to the graphic, the Lions will be carrying an addition $6.4 million in cap space.
The CBA allows teams to carry over unused salary cap space from the previous year. Below are the amounts that each team chose to carry into the 2019 season. pic.twitter.com/Uvf4rA2TMS— NFLPA (@NFLPA) January 31, 2019
$6.4 million may not seem a lot—and it’s really not by league-wide standards; Detroit ranks just 14th in the NFL in rollover cap. However, compared to the rest of the NFC, the Lions are actually doing alright. Only three teams—the Packers ($7.8M), 49ers ($35M) and the Cowboys ($11.7M)—will be carrying over more.
This is important because these are the teams the Lions will mostly be competing against. 12 of their 16 regular season games will be against NFC foes next year, so the fact that Detroit has a leg up—even if it’s a small leg up—is obviously beneficial to the team.
- Congratulations to former Lions quarterback Kellen Moore, who was officially announced as the next Cowboys offensive coordinator on Wednesday:
The #DallasCowboys have made it official: Kellen Moore is the Cowboys’ new offensive coordinator and Jon Kitna is the new quarterbacks coach.— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) January 31, 2019
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- Think the Lions may draft a running back again this year? Lions Wire looks at a mid-round prospect from Nebraska that may fit what Detroit needs.
- Former Packers receiver Jason Jones, now an analyst on NFL Network, had this to say about the growth and development of Darius Slay:
“He just turned into that player [...] A top five player in this league. A special player and we hated going against him."— Detroit Lions (@Lions) February 1, 2019
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- Kyle Meinke of MLive looked at 10 potential free agents from the two Super Bowl teams that may interest the Lions this offseason.
- Dave Birkett talked to Lions linebacker Devon Kennard about his breakout season and why he’s optimistic about the Lions defense in 2019:
Lions LB Devon Kennard at Super Bowl LIIIPosted by Detroit Free Press Sports on Friday, February 1, 2019
- Darius Slay talked with NFL Network about keeping up with Ndamukong Suh, what went wrong in 2018, his DB vacations and his pick for Super Bowl 53.