New Lions WR KhaDarel Hodge restructures his contract, takes overall pay cut

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New Detroit Lions wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge has already helped his new franchise out. Hodge has agreed to restructure his contract in a move that frees up more than $1 million in salary cap room for the Lions.

Hodge, acquired this week when Detroit claimed him off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, was originally due to make $2.13 million in 2021. But none of that money was guaranteed. his new deal with Detroit drops the salary figure to just $920,000. Detroit also gave Hodge a bonus of $80,000 that is fully guaranteed, pushing his overall compensation for 2021 to $1 million.

The move frees up some more cap space for the Lions to either use this year or — more likely — carry over into 2022 and spend on more lucrative free agents. Hodge’s deal length did not change; the 26-year-old wideout will still be a free agent after the season.

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