The Lions have some flexibility to spend as they see fit, and that includes making the necessary personnel decisions to get their cap space right.
Detroit has more than $42 million in cap space, with tight end Eric Ebron the biggest target.
The Lions will have to pay Ebron a $14.5 million base salary and $14 million of incentives this season.
That figure will increase by $1 million if he is released, with $2.5 of that being the $6.25 million that is guaranteed.
It would appear that if the Lions do not re-sign Ebron to a long-term deal, the team will try to add another tight end, like the New York Jets’ Jace Amaro, who would earn $9 million and $7.5 per season.
If they do sign Ebron, the Lions would have about $11 million available.
If the Lions make a deal with Ebron’s agent, they would likely need to re-negotiate a deal to retain him.
The Dolphins have been linked to Ebron since the start of free agency, and he is expected to have a long contract.
The Vikings have been rumored to be interested in Ebron.
The Lions will likely have to take a flier on one of their tight ends if they want to retain Ebron for more than a year.
That could happen if the team decides to move on from Ebron by July 1.