Lions fullback Montell Owens can earn $200,000 back through a bonus related to his playing time on offense in 2014. (Detroit News)
Allen Park — Lions fullback Montell Owens restructured the final year of his contract toward the end of the 2013 season.
Due to make $1.25 million in 2014, Owens took a $395,000 pay cut, according to his agent Abu Toppin, which will give the Lions some extra money to sign free agents this offseason.
Owens can earn $200,000 back through a bonus related to his playing time on offense in 2014.
The Lions signed Owens to a two-year, $2.5 million contract in May after he was released by the Jaguars. He suffered a knee injury in an exhibition game and started the season on injured reserve with the designation to return.
Less than a quarter into Owens’ 2013 debut, in Week 10, he aggravated the same knee and missed the rest of the season.
During Owens’ seven seasons in Jacksonville, he made the Pro Bowl twice as a special teams contributor. He also played fullback and occasionally tailback.
The Lions planned on using Owens on all four punt and kickoff units and at fullback before the injury this season.