Breaking down the money for Lions’ new players
The Lions were relatively quiet Wednesday when free agency officially opened, but they did sign three players, including two unrestricted free agents.
Even after the deals with wide receiver Marvin Jones, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and safety Tavon Wilson, the Lions still have about $31 million in cap space.
Here is a breakdown of the three deals from Wednesday:
Jones and the Lions agreed to a five-year deal worth up to $40 million, including an $8 million signing bonus. Effectively, $20 million is guaranteed for the first two years.
In 2016, Jones has a base salary of $3 million and will receive a roster bonus of $2 million on Tuesday. Including one-fifth of the signing bonus, his cap hit will be $6.6 million next season.
Jones, 25, has a $7 million base salary in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, the salary is guaranteed in the event of an injury. His cap hit those two years is $8.6 million.
In 2019 and 2020, Jones has a $6.5 million base salary and a cap hit of $8.1 million.
Ngata signed a two-year contract worth $12 million, including a $4 million signing bonus and $6 million guaranteed.
His base salary is $2 million in 2016 and $5.5 million in 2017. Each year, he has bonuses of $15,625 for each game he’s on the 46-man roster, which would total $250,000 each year if he plays 16 games.
Ngata, 32, played 14 games in his first season with the Lions, playing well in the second half of the year despite finishing with a career-low 24 tackles.
Ngata’s cap hit for 2016 will be up to $4.25 million depending on the bonuses. It will be up to $7.75 million in 2017, but the Lions could cut him for no penalty besides the $2 million portion of his signing bonus, which is dead cap space.
The 25-year-old Wilson agreed to a two-year, $2.2 million deal with $500,000 guaranteed and a $500,000 signing bonus.
Like Ngata, Wilson has playing time bonuses, but his extra $500,000 each year is not likely to be earned.
Wilson has a base salary of $800,000 in 2016, which gives him a cap hit of $1.05 million. In 2017, his salary increases slightly to $900,000, which will be a cap hit of $1.15 million.