clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Report: Detroit Lions cutting CB Nevin Lawson

The Lions will save over $4 million in cap space.

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions are continuing to make big changes on their roster before free agency has even begun. Just a couple days after making the tough decision to let T.J. Lang go—saving over $8 million in cap space—Detroit will be releasing cornerback Nevin Lawson, according to Ian Rapoport:

Lawson had been the team’s No. 2 cornerback for the past three-and-a-half years. And while his coverage was always at least a little underrated, his lack of balls skills were especially frustrating for Detroit. In 63 games played (54 starts), Lawson never recorded a single interception.

The move clears out $4.675 million in cap space with only $1.125 million in dead cap.

However, more importantly, the Lions now have another big hole on their roster. Last year, the Lions took some shots at the bigger named free agents at cornerback, and with no No. 2 outside of Darius Slay, you can expect to see them do so again this year.

Update: According to Dave Birkett, the Lions have not notified Lawson that he’ll be released.

Update 2: ESPN is reporting that Lawson will be cut, according to one of Adam Schefter’s sources.

Subscribe to PODD

After winning their first NFC North title in 30 years, the Lions have unfinished business this offseason. Stay updated with Jeremy Reisman through Pride of Detroit Direct, our newsletter offering up exclusive analysis. Sign up with NFCNORTH30 to get 30% off after your free trial.