On Friday, the Detroit Lions were finalizing their trade for Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers as he was in house going through his physical. But that wasn’t the only thing he was up to on Friday. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Brockers also worked out a completely new contract with the Lions, that will likely see his cap hit for 2021 plummet.
Brockers was traded from the Rams for just a 2023 seventh-round pick, because Los Angeles was working their way to get under the cap. The Rams cleared over $6 million by sending away Brockers, who was due to count $9.8 million against their cap.
The Lions were set to assume cap hits of $8 million and $10 million this year and next, but, instead, will have Brockers under contract for three total years on a deal worth $24 million and $11 million guaranteed.
The structure of the deal is not yet known, but given the relatively low amount of guarantees, it’s likely to come with a lot smaller of a cap hit in 2021 and won’t require Detroit to be locked into Brockers for the entirety of that contract.
That being said, Lions head coach Dan Campbell sure sounded like he has no intentions of moving on from Brockers any time soon.
“I’d say this about Brockers: He’s probably one of the few in this league that can wield the hammer of Thor. So, we’re really excited about that.”
I think it’s safe to say Brockers is feeling pretty good about finding a new home and getting paid, too.