Lions restructure OG Halapoulivaati Vaitai’s contract

On the same morning when the Detroit Lions signed punter Jack Fox to a new contract extension, the team also created some cap space by restructuring the contract of injured right guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai.

Per Field Yates of ESPN, the Lions created some $2.4 million in cap space for 2022 by moving money around on “Big V’s” deal.

Vaitai is in the third season of a five-year, $45 million contract he signed as a free agent prior to the 2020 season. After spending his first season at right tackle, Vaitai moved to guard and performed much better. He’s not played in 2022 due to a back injury suffered just before Week 1.

Stay tuned for more concrete details of what the Lions did with Big V’s contract and how it impacts the team’s salary cap beyond this year.

Story originally appeared on Lions Wire