With free agency just around the corner, the Detroit Lions won’t have a lot of salary cap space available to go grocery shopping. One of the main reasons is the abundance of dead space.
Only three teams have more dead-cap value in the 2021 season than the Lions. Detroit has more than $ 20.262 million in dead space.
Almost everything is related to the Matthew Stafford exchange. The Lions ate $ 19 million in dead space on the salary cap on Stafford’s contract when they agreed to trade him to the Rams. Romeo Okwara costs the Lions just over $ 900,000 in dead limit, and Jason Huntley counts $ 217,734 after the Lions eliminated the fifth-round pick a year ago.
The three teams above the Lions are there primarily because of the quarterback exchanges and the massive hits associated with the limit.
Philadelphia has more than $ 40 million in dead capitalization, with more than $ 34 million tied to Carson Wentz’s pending trade to the Colts. The Eagles also swallowed $ 5.8 million in dead cap this week when they released WR DeSean Jackson.
Next up is Stafford’s new team, the Los Angeles Rams. They paid more than $ 22 million in dead money to Goff in the pending trade. Todd Gurley, who was sent packing last offseason, still counts as a salary cap of $ 8.4 million in 2021. Linebacker Leonard Floyd counts $ 3.3 million after he was released.
Carolina also has more dead money than the Lions due to a series of moves. Nearly half of the Panthers’ dead money comes from DT Kawann Short, who was released earlier this month.