Before they go about tackling a deal with the quarterback, they have restructured contracts for two of the team’s other star performers.
Per the report, the Lions reduced Johnson’s base salary from $5 million to $715,000, converting the difference into a signing bonus that can be spread over the remaining life of the contract. In doing so, the Lions reduced Johnson’s cap number for this season from $12.2 million to a little less than $8.8 million, creating a saving of nearly $3.5 million.
In Suh’s case, Detroit renegotiated his contract to create $7.68 million in space. Of course, the flip side is that both players will have even greater cap numbers in coming seasons.
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