Lions stars restructure contracts to free up cap space

The Detroit Lions were able to be aggressive from the start of free agency because they got some help from some players already on the roster.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports quarterback Matthew Stafford and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch restructured contracts Aug. 4 to free up some needed cap space for the club after it had added linebackers Stephen Tulloch and Justin Durant and corner back Eric Wright while also re-signing cornerback Chris Houston.

Per the report, Stafford’s base pay moved from $9 million to $525,000. Vanden Bosch’s base pay dipped from $4.5 million to $810,000. Now, these were not pay cuts for the players. It was a restructure and the money was transferred into signing bonuses which allowed the team to spread out the dough over multiple years.

“Just trying to be able to have enough cap space to be able to get the players we need and the players we want,” Stafford said. “I think there’s guys in this locker room that, given the opportunity, a lot of them would do the same. We have a great locker room, a great bunch of guys that want to win, and if I can restructure a deal to help our team bring guys in here that can help us win, then I’m all for it.”

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