As the free agency market approaches, the Detroit Lions will not have much available salary space to shop in the market. One of the main reasons is the abundance of dead space.
By the 2021 season, only three teams have higher rigid values than the Lions. Detroit’s dead end reserve is 20.262 million U.S. dollars.
Almost all of these are related to the Matthew Stafford trade. When they agreed to trade Stafford to the Rams, the Lions ate up the $19 million unpaid cap space on the Stafford contract. Romeo Okwara spent $900,000 on the Lions’ dead end, and Jason Huntley received $217,734 after the Lions cut their fifth-round pick from a year ago .
The three teams above the Lions are there mainly because of the quarterback trade and the large number of related shots.
The dead end in Philadelphia exceeds $40 million, of which more than $34 million is related to the pending Carson Wentz trade to the Colts. When the Eagles released WR DeSean Jackson this week, they also swallowed a $5.8 million dead end.
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Due to a series of actions, Carolina has more dead money than the Lions. Nearly half of the Leopards’ dead money came from DT Kawann Short, who was released earlier this month.