Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Lions have restructured the contracts of a number of players to create some much needed cap space.
Ndamukong Suh‘s agent mentioned that he was once of the players to renegotiate his current 2012 salary of $9.25 million which counts $12.8 million against the teams’ salary cap. Detroit converted his salary to the league minimum and took the remainder and converted that into a signing bonus that will be paid out over the duration of his contract. This essentially cuts his cap number in half.
The Lions did the same thing for QB Matthew Stafford, DE Kyle Vanden Bosch and WR Nate Burleson. They’re also said to be working on a new contract for Calvin Johnson so that too may give them more money to use on some of their free agents like Stephen Tulloch, Eric Wright and Jeff Backus but you can’t rule out the possibility of them pursuing someone in free agency.