Four Downs: These Lions are making most of their 'prove-it' deals

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Here are four observations after having a night to ponder the Detroit Lions' 30-12 victory over the Arizona Cardinals

First down

If you're not familiar with the concept of a "prove-it deal," it's a one-year contract, typically low-cost and often with incentives, requiring a player to validate their worth as a long-term investment. And in the first year of Detroit's rebuild under coach Dan Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes, the team essentially leaned on prove-it deals as they navigated the salary cap situation they inherited.

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