Every little bit helps, especially as the Lions try to squeeze their key free agents into a tight salary cap.
The cap sanctions against the Cowboys and Redskins yesterday would give the Lions $1.6 million they didn’t have before. But, those teams are going to fight the NFL’s ruling so it may be awhile before the Lions can use that money.
They also had a $1.47 million carry over from 2011 and, if they chose, the Lions could borrow another $1.5 million off future caps.
And here’s another loophole they can exploit to create up to $1.5 million. The CBA allows teams to get a $500,000 cap credit for up to three players with five or more years of service. The Lions have 10 players under contract that they use to obtain the credit.
So, if all those things went through, that’s $6.7 million of available cap space. Useful.